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Students will plant bean seeds, watch them grow, measure them with nonstandard objects. In addition, students will describe the beans' growth in a journal and record the growth on a calendar.
This activity will serve students best if done in the last three months of Kindergarten. Students will plant bean seeds, watch them grow, measure them with nonstandard objects (string, cubes, etc.) and describe their growth over several weeks in a journal. This is very flexible and can be incorporated as individual or group plantings, individual or group journaling. The students will learn to mark each day on a calendar and record observations daily. They will increase mastery of naming days of the week, the concept of a week, and the concept of a month, if frequently emphasized throughout the activity.
There are numerous content area connections and skill development opportunities in this activity. The journaling provides authentic need for writing applications. The plant provides authentic purpose for measurement and scientific observation. Every student can succeed because it allows for a broad range of reading, writing, and problem solving skills.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Refer to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Ask the following questions: What was it about the beans that was magic? Are there really magic beans? How long did it take the beanstalk to grow in the story? How long does it take real beanstalks to grow? Tell them they will plant some beans and watch them grow. Will any of their beans be magic beans?
Days 2 and 3
Day 5 through the end of the experiment
This activity is a guaranteed success experience for every student because they can work with other students and can achieve daily the minimum standard for success on each part of the activity. There is no particular benchmark except full participation in each step of the activity.