I wanted to elicit students’ ideas about plants and determine how they classify organisms as plants, so I gave each student team a set of picture cards and asked them to sort them into 2 piles, “Plant” and “Not a Plant.” Both team members had to agree where each card would be placed, which led to quite a few interesting conversations. Some of the items on the cards were “plantlike”, but not really plants, for example mushrooms and mold. The cards showed a wide variety, as some children have a limited experience with types of plants, and several common vegetables were included. After the cards were sorted they was quite a lot of agreeing and disagreeing as the group discussed why they sorted their cards they was they did. It was a lot of fun!!
Where Do Seeds Come From?
Students read this story aloud, taking turns. Together we answered the comprehension questions at the end of the text and did the mad lib on my copy. Students took their stories and mad libs home to share with their family.
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- Diversity of Life – A great variety of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features.
- Characteristics of Organisms – Organisms have different needs. For example, plants require air, water, nutrients and light.
- Life Cycles of Organisms – Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing and dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms.