Teaching students about seeds and planting is a fun unit to teach in the spring. Important topics include what do plants need, parts of a plant, ways seeds move, photosynthesis, planting vocabulary, and types of soil. Let’s take a closer look at how these components can be taught in a fun and effective way.
Vocabulary words are a great place to start. Take a look at your science standards and pick and choose the words that are essential for your students to learn. This unit has 31 different vocabulary words to choose from. One suggestion when introducing them is to show the word and cover the rest of the poster. Ask the students if anyone knows what the word is and what it means. Then show the picture and continue to ask for more information from them. Last, show them the definition and ask the students to use the vocabulary word in a sentence.
After teaching the students some of the vocabulary words (I don’t suggest teaching them all in one day), the students can assemble part of their lapbook. The planting vocabulary words pocket and cards match perfectly with the vocabulary posters. The students can find the card they need, write the definition, and draw a picture of the word on the back. The cards fit nicely into the pockets as seen below.
The vocabulary words are also found in the planting mini readers. There are six mini readers that come with this planting unit. Those mini readers include:
- What Do Plants Need?
- Parts of a Plant
- Plant Life Cycle
- Types of Soil
- Ways Seeds Move
- What is Photosynthesis?
All of the mini readers come in full color and black and white.
Another important component of the planting unit would be the flip flaps. There are flip flaps for both what plants need and parts of a plant. Students can cut the flip flaps themselves. The pictures below show what they should look like when assembled. It is important to have an example to show the students.
The information needed to complete the flip flaps can be found in the mini readers provided with this unit. The mini readers were designed specifically to provide support for these activities.
Once the students have learned all about seeds and planting, it is fun to apply this learning with a hands on project. Students love planting their own seeds and taking care of them. To do this you would need:
- Milk cartons or styrofoam cups
- Seeds (I suggest pumpkins, radishes, or beans)
Give your students a permanent marker or name label to attach to their container. Apply the learning from the planting unit to discuss what they need to do to take care of their seeds so that they grow. This unit also comes with a planting observation journal. In this journal the students keep track daily of their seed and its progress. They will track the date, height of plant, and observational notes. There is also room for a drawing of the plant on each page. These science observation journals can also be kept inside the “bookshelf” of the lapbook.
When the lapbook is complete it should look something like the images below. These make a great learning portfolio for parent teacher conferences or even just as a parent keepsake. Lapbooks also make for a great hallway display.
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