Seeds

We are reading a big book this week titled “Seeds”.

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Because there are a few students who will be leaving early this week to head out on Spring Break, we did not do a Predictable Chart, however we did do several neat Inquiry Based things in Science.  I like to begin almost all my themes/units with a KWL/OWL chart to asses where my children are at and what they are interested in.  We completed the “K” portion of this chart first, then after Observing the seeds (see below) we completed the “O” portion and the “W” (wonder) section.  I like to change the “W” from “What we WANT to Learn” to “What we WONDER” because it gets the children asking questions of the “I Wonder…” variety, something that is holding them back from exploring the world!  At this young age, they know what they want to learn about somethings, but they have no basis to draw from for many Science concepts (some do!!).  Asking “I Wonder…” questions sets the ground work for them to wonder, so ALL of my KWL charts are either KOWL or OWL charts. 

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This is the “Wonder” section continued…

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I gave each table of children a random container of seeds that I had leftover from previous vegetable plantings:
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Here is the result:

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Today, Tuesday, we planted all kinds of vegetables in Containers.  My kids took such an interest in the Seeds book that I went and got many of the seeds mentioned in the story.

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The next few months (until the end of May) will be spent on growing things/plants/bugs/insects/Monarchs/Jack and the Beanstalk/and anything else that fits in to one of these categories! 🙂

 

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on March 24, 2009, in Building Blocks/Language Arts, Classroom Photos 2008-2009, Container Gardening, education, Inquiry Based Science, Kindergarten classrooms, KOWL Chart, Language Arts/Writing, Lesson Plans, March, Math, Monarch Butterflies, NSTA 2009, Planting, Seeds. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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