We are learning about plants.
I like this unit because we kick it off with the actual planting of plants.
I used to dread the actual planting of plants because I felt rushed, out of control, and just a tad bit panicky.
These days . . . well . . . it’s no big thing. I don’t know if that’s because I’m older, wiser, and more experienced, or if it’s because I’ve realized that feeling rushed, out of control, and a tad bit panicky just happens to be my teaching style.
Anywho, I’m sure you already know how to plant, but I thought I’d share my tips and tricks with you, especially if you have 32 first graders and want to know how to do it in under thirty minutes.
That’s right. In under thirty minutes.
First, you have to get your hands on the The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed video. And if you don’t have access to the video, you can get it on You Tube, which is what I did. And if you can’t access You Tube, then I’m out of ideas for you and you might as well stop reading this because The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed video is step one in my whole under thirty minutes scenario.
Second, before playing the video, you have a chat with your kiddos.
How true about drowning them! I've found that using a spray bottle to water them seems to help a bit. They are less likely to be mold growers!
A Very Curious Class
How many packs of seeds do you buy? I'm doing plants in my Pre-K class next week..writing plans right now!
Rhonda Hafner says
Awesome! We are planting next week. Really had this grand idea of planting flower seeds for Mother's Day…yeah, probably should have thought of that before now, eh? Next year! ?
Lauren Shirk says
Bahaha I laughed so much Trent paused the TV…apparently I interrupted his show. 😉 So glad I'm not the only one who has pulled a switch-a-roo. But 30 minutes??? You're a rockstar!
I have planted flower seeds with my class the same way… Zinnias and cosmos grow fast, I check the back of the seed packets and it will say how many days it takes. Sounds fun!
Your posts always make me laugh right out loud for several minutes. Love this idea so much!!
Bethany J. says
What I started doing is write the kids names on a Popsicle stick. It makes it super easy to do the switcharoo.
Mrs. B. says
Dying of laughter here! Our Treasures vocab for The Tiny Seed includes the word "drowns" so you think they would learn But No. Probably because they were too busy telling me about the time they all actually DROWNDED. Really. All 24 of my second graders have drowned.
Thanks for the post and especially the video idea! I'm going to use this in my program at the Farmer's Market Summer Program!