The kids were really engaged today. Each student actively participated in our lesson plan and were excited to tell me what they already knew about the parts of the plant. I was surprised by how much they already knew about the structure and functions of plants. As we began to cover further detail, I became interested in what the kids didn't yet know, and what was less apparent at first sight when they are out in the garden. As a new environmental educator, I wanted to draw into these unknown details further.
With the remainder of the time spent on talking about the structure and functions of the roots, we began pulling out weeds and looking at their unique roots. Drawing into our observations, the kids pointed out that some of the roots reached further down in the soil then others and some even spread out further in width. We also talked about the edible parts of the plants that we eat, which grow under the ground. I pointed to the carrots and allowing the group to pull out just one, so that they could actively observe what was usually unseen.
The class period seemed to go by too quickly. There was still so much to be taught and still so much to draw into. I wanted to further talk about our soil, defining how Florida's native soil was much different from the soil that we had in our gardens, and how our native plants were able to adapt to this sandy nutrient poor soils while our garden plants had other needs. However there was no time. Oh well, what a good topic for next week!