Caring for Our Pet Plants: What Plants Need
Students investigate the driving question, “What do plants need to grow and survive?” After creating garden agreements together, students begin the unit by investigating what objects in the garden are plants and what objects are not plants. Then they make observations of a healthy plant and a less healthy plant, and look for patterns in order to construct explanations based on evidence that plants need sun, minerals from soil, water and air in order to survive and grow. Students apply this knowledge to what seeds need in order to grow and prepare seed packets for future planting. During the spring, students sow their own seeds and care for their plants, while also making observations about how their plants change over time and protecting their plant from pests. Students deepen their understanding of what plants need to survive and grow by developing a model. They also celebrate by enjoying a garden vegetable they have grown. This unit is designed for students to make progress towards Performance Expectation K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
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