April 28, 2013

A Little Plant Freebie!

Hey all! 

Alison and I just got back from the trip to visit Maria Walther.  Wow!  I absolutely LOVE getting to see other teachers’ classrooms.  It makes me feel so revitalized.  I came in my room today to rearrange my desks and to post a little plant freebie for you!  I hope I can get back in the blogging swing of things.

My kids and I planted seeds in a Ziploc bag with cotton balls and water last week.  I actually have had good luck with dry lima beans, from the grocery store!  When the seed starts to crack and sprout, they can see the changes through the bag.  I've been doing this trick forever so I really don’t know where I found the idea originally. Here is a picture of their bags:

While I was gone on Friday, the kids wrote some observations.  I love seeing them use the plant vocabulary we've been using in our discussions!

If you would like the freebie, click here.  After we see them sprout, we plant the sprouts in a cup filled with potting soil.  They get to water them and watch them grow a little more before they take it home.

I would love to know what you all are teaching in the last few weeks of school!  We are going to delve into some poetry writing (thanks to Maria Walter’s inspiration!) and learn about bugs and arachnids.  Thanks for reading!



Mrs. Wright said...

Hi, thanks for this freebie, I was just going to make an observation journal..thanks from me and my firsties in Chicago :)
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Miss Cosby said...

Will you pot them? Send them home in bags? Or dispose of them when it's the end?

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A Tale of 2 First Grades said...

I'm glad you can use the freebie Kim! And Brenda, I do have the kids plant the sprouts in potting soil. Then we let them grow up a little more before they take them home. :) They love getting to see the seed split before it gets covered up in dirt.


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