Hi there friends! We have been busy the past few weeks learning all about plants.

We began the unit by experimenting with seeds.

The students completed the What's A Coat? experiment. They were excited to dissect the seeds and use their magnifying glass to investigate! They recorded their findings in their plant journal.

The next activity, the students had to predict which would grow faster, a seed with a coat or a seed without? Each students took the coats off 2 seeds and placed them in a bag. They did the same for 2 seeds with the coats on. We hung them outside for 5 days to see what would happen.

The seeds without the coats grew the fastest! The kids were a little baffled by this, until we went back and redid the experiment. Since we had been learning all about the life cycle, some students realized removing the coat sped up the process of the cycle. They were pretty amazed!

We have worked our we through much of the unit.

Last week we focused on plant needs.

We have been adding to our KWL and it is filling up!

We have been observing our garden grow from this...

to this...

We had to add a trellis because the cucumbers are out of control!

This week we have been working on plant vocabulary.

Which couldn't have come at a better time, because we have flowers on the cucumbers, green beans, and pumpkins!

The
kids have been asking what will happen now, so the book From Seed to
Plant was a great way to introduce the vocabulary and the next step in
the life cycle!

This week will be all about wrapping it up with a life cycle diagram and flipbook.

This is last year's flipbook. I have fancied it up in my new unit. =)

So that is where we are at in the unit!

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