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Intended Learning Outcomes:
1. Display a picture of a plant. Using the word cards, have the children direct you in labeling each plant part. Example: This card says root....Where are the roots on this plant? Place the card saying "root" next to the plant root. Say the word together...."ROOT". What does the root do for the plant?Continue on with other parts, discussing the function of each part.
2. Show the students a large flowering plant that you have on display in your science center. Carefully uproot the plant, making sure you get most of the root system. Look at the picture of a plant and find the same parts on your plant. Ask students to name each plant part and to describe what each part does for the plant (function).
3. Go outside and ask each student to find a dandelion (or weed), and dig it up carefully to include the roots. You may want the students to gently rinse the dirt off the plant roots while still outside. Compare the plants. Ask the students if any parts are missing. Discuss their answers. Ask students to describe the similarities and differences in plant parts. (Depending on the season and their stage of maturity, many of the plants may not have all of the parts.)
4.Give each child a large sheet of paper and a pencil. Students tape the plant on the left-hand side of the paper and then label the parts of the dandelion or weed. Using their plant as a model, students draw and label their own plant on the right hand side of the page. Encourage students to pay close attention to the specific shape, pattern, and color of each part. Students will label the parts of their plant drawing. Have them share drawings with a partner and compare features, making notes of similarities and differences in their drawings.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Play a matching game that matches plant parts to the functions they perform.
Paint a sunflower and label the parts.
Grow a plant from seed in cotton. Watch and record what happens each day to the plant. Record in science journals what is observed.
Collect different leaves. Make a book of leaves or rubbings. Write about the different leaves.
Engage class in a modeled writing activity. Have students write a sequenced story with you, recording the growth of the tiny seed as it goes up through the ground and each part appears.
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