This week the students had the opportunity to study plants in a wonderful hands on way. On our trip to the farm the students were able to pick organic produce from the ground themselves! In doing so, they had the opportunity to see the different parts of the plant up close (leaves, stem, flower and fruit).
At the farm, a teacher gave a presentation to the students on the life cycle of a pumpkin plant. The students continued to explore this cycle in class with a little help from some classroom characters. Sammy the seed came in and reminded the students that to grow he needed the sun to put him to the right temperature and rain to soften his seed coat. Then Sammy could use his food stored inside to grow a little plant. The students then learned that first the root grows out of the plant followed by a shoot. The roots take water to the plant. The leaves then use this water with sunlight and carbon dioxide to make sugar and oxygen. The students studied the process of photosynthesis through a beautiful art project and acting it out each day.
As sensory play the students had the opportunity to assemble flowers using kinetic sand and flower parts. As a group we made our weekly batch of playdough and the students were able assemble flowers using cookie cutters, leaves, buttons and pipe cleaner.
The students learned that at the end of the life cycle of a plant, seed form in the flower or seed pod of a plant. The students had the opportunity to play with seeds during our outdoor time. We hung the seed bird feeders that we made in class the week before.
As a fun activity at the end of the week, the students helped prepare a soup using all of the produce we had acquired at the farm. The students were able to help measure the ingredients and use scissors to help cut the cabbage for the soup. We also explored what the worms in our worm bin could and could not eat and fed them our vegetable scraps. When the soup was done we went into role and played restaurant. The students had the chance to be sous chefs, servers and even dishwashers. They found this very entertaining!