Discovering Plants

We are about to discover plants in first grade and I couldn't be more excited.  I have been working around the clock to update one of my very first products.  Let me tell you, it was in such need that I actually made inactive until it was done.  I couldn't be more proud of the results which makes me even more excited to share this with my first grade friends.  If you already own this file~ HUGE BONUS.  You will get the update for free! The file went from 27 pages to 155!  

Discovering Plants

To begin, I looked closely at what our science standards are in first grade and what I wanted to cover.  I am running out of time so I will be using these materials over the next few weeks.  We will begin by learning the parts of a plant.  I have created a mini booklet to teach these parts as well as some colorful posters to display in the classroom.  

A perfect read aloud for this concept is Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens. I love to bring in fiction when teaching a non-fiction unit.   This book is not only funny, but the pictures are amazing too. Here are the activities we will complete.

I also made a cute little craft to help the children diagram and create the parts of a plant.

We will also be eating different parts of the plant too.  

After we have this concept down, we will move onto plant needs.  We will learn what a plant needs in order to grow and survive.  We will cover the concept of living things as a science standard. I have also created a mini book to teach this concept as well as colorful posters to display.

Then, we will move onto the parts of a flower.  A great book to teach this is From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.  If you haven't discovered this author, you need to.  Her informative texts are perfect for all of our non-fiction units. We will complete an anticipation guide to see what we think first.  After reading the story we will see what we learned.  Then we will look at the parts of a flower and label a flower.

We talk about the lifecycle of a plant as well. I created a mini book to teach this concept.  I also put a colorful cycle that you could use to display, review, or as a center choice.  There are 3 different options to assess this concept too.  They can just glue the pictures, glue pictures and words, or glue the pictures and write a story.  You can see them below.

In addition to these three main concepts, we will be completing several different science experiments.  I made these simple and they are definitely flexible in how you complete the recordings.

There is an experiment where students look closely at a bean (seed), plant a seed with observation journals, stem/water experiment, and plant comparison. 
Here is a closer look at the bean experiment.  

There are also lots of opportunities for writing and word work.  Some of these will be completed during whole group but I will also include some during my Daily 5 rotations.   

These word cards will also be displayed for the students as a reference in the writing center.

Finally, I love to share other literature with my students so I also read "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Ehlert, "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle, & "How a Seed Grows" by Helene Jordan

Finally, we end this unit with this cute little watering can flower bouquet.  This would also be a cute gift to make for Mother's Day as well.

Thanks for reading all about my updated plant unit!  Check it out below!

As always, love what you do and do what you love.

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