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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Plant Parts

This morning was beautiful and cool, making for a comfortable atmosphere to be at the Peace Patch garden. At Sanderlin Elementary school for the 9:00 to 11:00 shift, it was just Derek and I. Although we are short a person, we made the most of our morning lessons. I was looking forward to going to the garden today because I hadn't worked with kids for about a week.

Our first class was Mrs. Dahl's third grade class from 9:00 to 9:30. They were very eager to be back in the garden because last week they were unable to come out due to the rain. Derek and I talked about the major parts of the plants and why they each play an important role. We then gave them a worksheet (fun sheet) to identify the parts of the plants on their own. After that, they were each given pieces of paper with either a fruit or vegetable on it. With these pieces of paper, we asked them to place them in the corresponding category on a poster board labeled fruit, seed, root, leaves, etc. They excelled in this and we moved forward to identifying plants in the garden. We broke them up into two separate groups and brought them around the garden, showing them which plants belonged in which category. At one point we also pulled some weeds and they got to see the bulb of a weed identifying the root.

We did the exact same thing with Mrs. Kuba's 10:30 to 11:00 third grade class, who were even more interactive and enthusiastic about our activities. It makes me happy to know that what we do with the kids every time we have a lesson is not only enjoyable but educational for these kids.

Our 9:00 to 9:30 class consisted of Mrs. Bennet's pre-K kids. As adorable and fun as they are, they have a surprisingly low attention span and cannot sit still for ten seconds! It is really hard for us to follow our exact lesson plan with them because they are so young, so for this class Derek and I modify it. We stayed in one big group the whole time and brought them around the garden to keep them busy and involved. We showed them the parts of the plants, but they never remembered when we asked them again. It was still fun and I know they loved it!

Overall it was a successful and enjoyable morning for the kids, Derek and I.


Mrs. Dahl's 3rd grade class

Identifying the parts of the plants

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