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Plant Activities for Kindergarten

Instructor: Marquis Grant
This lesson will highlight fun activities that will get kindergarten students excited to learn as they watch a seed become a full grown plant. A short quiz will follow that will test your knowledge.

Plant Activities for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten is a time when children are exposed to the basics in all subject areas, including science. As part of the kindergarten science curriculum in many schools, students are given the opportunity to learn the basics of nature and plant life cycles.

Being able to plant and watch seeds flourish to full blooms will be a wonderful hands-on experience for children. Students will learn the importance of observation, patience and data analysis. It can also be used to teach children about responsibility as they care for the plants by watering them and making sure they get enough sunlight to grow.

Having a variety of classroom plants can make a fun learning environment for young children
Classroom plants

Class Plants

Your kindergarten students will have a great time watching different kinds of seeds grow. All you will need are several types of seeds (i.e., tomato, marigolds, etc.) from your local garden center, clear containers or clear disposable cups (make sure they are clear so you can see the roots form) and planting soil. You may even introduce the activity by finding a fun book like The Tiny Seed by Eric Caudle, a picture book that details the life cycle of a seed. From there, you can use several related activities to keep them motivated to learn more about plants.

Plants can be grown in glass bowls
Plants

Plant Journal

Keeping a plant journal will allow your students to document the changes in each seed as it grows into a mature plant. You will start the lesson by having students write down what they noticed about the seeds before they are placed in the dirt. At least once a week, you can have students document any differences they may notice in the seed, such as the formation of roots, buds and leaves.

Personal Plant Booklets

After reading the story of the tiny seed, you could have your students write and illustrate their own booklets about the seeds that they will watch grow in the classroom. Once they have completed their personal booklets, the children can share them with their classmates.

Parts of a Plant

This is a simple activity where you can make copies of a plant diagram and have students label each part (i.e. seedling, roots, stem, leaves, etc.). As the class plant grows, students can document on the sheet when they first observed certain parts. For example, during week two, your students may notice the roots forming from the seedlings that were planted. On their diagram sheet, next to the image of the roots, they would write week two. Students will anticipate what they may see next each time you have them pull out their diagram sheets.

Plant Picture Dictionary

Students can create a picture dictionary, which is more or less a book of words that are associated with or related to plant life. Students' plant dictionaries can be arranged in alphabetical order from A-Z to include plant-related pictures for each letter that they have learned a word for (i.e., for B a picture of a bulb) or the dictionary can just be plant-related pictures (i.e. seeds, stems, roots) that students can use as a reference for their plant studies.

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