Plant Needs

45 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
Kindergarten
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Students learn that plants need soil, sunlight, water, and love and care to grow healthy and strong. Based on observations using their senses, students compare two plants—one that is healthy and one that is sick—and learn how to help a plant that is not getting all of its needs met. Students learn that plants actually move, often in response to needing water and light, and students dance to mimic a plant's growth process from seed to flower. Finally, they use their new knowledge in a role-playing activity in which some students are seeds growing into plants, some are gardeners, and one is the sun.

Key objectives for students
Explain that plants need soil, sunlight, water, and love and care to grow.
Explore the growing process of plants through movement and body language.
Create a miniplay to share how they can nourish and care for plants.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Biology, Civics and Government, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
plants, seeds, fruits and vegetables, healthy food, healthy habits, gardening, growing, planting
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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