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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Our Classroom Plant {Science Sunday}

We finished up our study on human development a few weeks ago and are now learning all about botany and trees with Nancy Larson Science 1. This week we took a ‘field trip’ of sorts to Walmart with one quest ~ to find a ‘classroom plant’. After much debating, we settled on a peace lily since the pickings were pretty slim mid-October.

Over the next few weeks, our plant will be a central part of our learning. We’ve been talking about what plants need to live and the primary parts of plants: roots, stems, leaves and flowers.

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Right now we’re drawing pictures of our plant, labeling the parts of the plant, and observing it up close and personal

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We also had some fun exploring and collecting five different types of leaves from around our house and using Peterson First Guide to Trees to identify the types of trees that the leaves came from. We later talked about the parts of trees {roots, trunk, branches, twigs, and leaves}.

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It’s been a great season for us to be talking about trees since the weather has cooled off and we have some great places to go on nature walks and get a hands-on look at a huge variety of trees {and get some energy out at the same time}. But shhh!! Don’t tell them I said that!

Check out some other great science ideas at Science Sunday hosted by Ticia at Adventures in Mommydom.

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11 Comments:

  • I like the idea of using one plant to learn different aspects of botany.

    By Blogger Phyllis, At October 24, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

  • I've been thinking real hard about doing more with plants. I love the idea of using one plant, there are so many potentials that one could try!

    By Blogger Debbie, At October 24, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

  • Fab idea, so easy to implement and very hands on :) This would be a great booster to start with :)
    Michelle
    http://living-education-resources.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Michelle, At October 24, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

  • A class plant - what a good idea!

    By Blogger An Almost Unschooling Mom, At October 24, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

  • I never do nature walks or use walking the dog to get energy out of my kids.......

    Never, ever. Except that time when...... Okay, almost daily.

    Love the idea of a classroom plant, now would I actually keep it alive? Who knows.

    By Blogger Ticia, At October 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

  • I love peace lilies! They grow to be enormous! Studying plants is wonderful. Have fun!

    By Blogger cahanbury, At October 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

  • Great idea to use an indoor plant for studies. You can learn anytime of the year (perfect for those of us that live in northern areas)!

    By Blogger Brimful Curiosities, At October 25, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

  • Very fun lesson :-) Do I hear the arboretum calling?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 25, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

  • You may already know this, but each species of tree also has its own bud (just like it has its own leaf). This is a great way to tell what species of tree it is during the winter, if you can't do so by the bark. It might be a bit more advanced depending on your kids though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 26, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

  • You may already know this, but each species of tree also has its own bud (just like it has its own leaf). This is a great way to tell what species of tree it is during the winter, if you can't do so by the bark. It might be a bit more advanced depending on your kids though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

  • I've been thinking real hard about doing more with plants. I love the idea of using one plant, there are so many potentials that one could try!

    By Anonymous Debbie, At December 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

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