Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's a Plant Life

Chapters 2 and 3 of our science curriculum cover the life of plants and plant varieties. I'm continuing the work in my science journal to see what will be good activities for the students to complete.

Here is what I've come up with so far.

We'll always start with a title page of course and a section of vocabulary work. I won't picture it each time, but it'll be an envelope that contains flashcards, a memory type game, or some other hands on way to work with vocabulary. 

I want to start by brainstorming a list of all of the ways we use plants in our daily lives. This will help students make that important connection between what we're learning and their own little lives. 
We'll draw and label the parts of a plant and do a match up activity that explains the job that each part of the plant has to help the plant survive.

We'll discuss photosynthesis and how it is connected to respiration. I wanted to include a little flap page, but as you can see in the first picture the ends of the flaps get bent up. When we do this in class I probably won't have them fold the page exactly in half. After folding it I cut slits. On the inside of the flap I will have them describe their illustration. 

These two chapters cover SO much more information, but since I'm headed to the pool with my two little loveys, this is all I had time for this morning. What would you include in your plant section of a science journal?



  1. I love this. It's a great way of breaking a HUGE concept down into manageable parts. What a great idea. I wonder how this could be adapted for high school students? Any ideas?


  2. I've never taught high school, but I would think you could do something similar. Of course you'd be looking for more thorough definitions, more detailed illustrations, longer responses to questions etc. Hope that helps.

  3. Mrs. G - I love what you're doing with your science journal! Keep it up; I'm getting some really good ideas. :)

    Chynna - Dinah Zike has some really good ideas for high school at her site.

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