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2. Take the plant detectives on a hunt around the building and schoolyard. Items may be things they actually see in the area, or from their own experiences. (Remember that some items in schools appear to be wood but are plastic.) Allow 10-15 minutes for students to find and record items made from plants Recordings may be written or illustrated. Encourage finding unusual as well as the more obvious items.
3. After the hunt, return to class, and have each team display their collection of recorded or actual items on their desks.
4. Categorize the class findings and sort all like responses together in one place (such as building materials, clothes, food, decorative items, paper, etc.). Discuss categories of items not collected (medicine, dyes, etc.). Use the cards to make a bulletin board titled "We Need Plants". Possible categories for the board could be building, clothing, food, things we use in class, things we use other places, or beauty.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Very effective dyes can be made from plants and used to dye eggs, T-shirts, or small squares of cloth. Boil the plant material ahead of time. One pot of dye should be enough for one class. Strain plant material from dye. If using raw eggs, boil eggs in dye for 10 minutes. The easiest plants to use are white onion skins, red onion skins, or red cabbage leaves. Other foods are also easy to use but are sometimes harder to obtain.
Make brightly colored leaf rubbings.
Write a thank you letter to a plant.
Each student chooses three categories from the list of plant uses. They then write an example for this category from the items they saw or thought of on their plant detective hunt. Check for understanding and assignment completion.
Kohl, M. (1993). Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences. Bright Ring Publishing. ISBN 0-935607-04-8. Primarily Plants, Project AIMS K-3.
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