NS.K 4. 3 LIFE SCIENCE
Soil Containers for planting
Seeds Overhead project
Students will be able to identify the simple parts of a plant
Students will be able to plant seeds and understand what the seed needs to grow.
Given a container, soil and seeds, students will plant seeds correctly and record this
process in their online journals.
After observing their plants over a two week period, the students will refer to their online
journals and present their findings to the class.
The teacher will explain that the students will be learning about the parts of a plant and what a plant needs to grow. A KWL chart will be displayed and the students will be asked to tell what they know about plants? What they want to know about plants? Students will brainstorm and fill in the chart with the teacher.
Development of Lesson
The students will be given a glass of water and a straw. The teacher will direct children
to drink the water using the straw. When they are finished, the teacher will direct their
attention to the chart displaying the simple parts of a plant.
Students will be asked to look at the roots of the plant. The roots are like a straw. When
we water a plant, the roots “drink” the water just as the students drank water with their
straws. The water goes up the stem and feeds the plant. What else does a plant need to
grow? Soil, light, water.
Look at the chart and talk about the parts of the plant. Have other pictures of various
plants that show these parts and have students identify them.
Students will then be given a container, soil, seeds and water. They will be given a
partner to work with. The teacher will model how to plant seeds properly. After the
demonstration, the students will be directed to plant their own seeds and give them water.
They will find a place in the classroom that has light and place their containers there.
They will label their containers with their names.
The students will then go to the computers and record what they did today. This can be
done in the classroom during the day, or the students can do this in computer lab. This
could be coordinated with the computer teacher. They are to record what they did on day
1 in an online journal. Every day the students will check their plants and record findings.
Students will gather together at the end of the class and talk about what they learned
today and complete the KWL chart. The teacher will tell the students that this is an
ongoing project for the next two weeks. This will be a daily task for the students.
At the end of the two weeks, the students will share their findings with the class.
Students will review what they did the following day. They will be given a worksheet
with a plant and they will label the parts. Part of the worksheet will include naming the
essentials for plant growth.