Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This unit on plants consists of 6 sequenced learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students, in centers, over the course of one week each. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary, but the recommendation is 20 minutes or less per student.
Students will understand that:
- We can learn about plants by exploring nature and reading informational books on plants.
- Plants have parts with names.
- We can measure, add, subtract, and count the parts of a plant.
- Plants require specific conditions and care to grow.
ELA & Literacy: Reading
PK.RI.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about details in a text.
PK.RI.10: With prompting and support, actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
ELA & Literacy: Writing
PK.W.2: With prompting and support, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality
PK.CC.4: Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 10 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 5 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-10, count out that many objects.
Mathematics: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
PK.OA.1: Demonstrates an understanding of addition and subtraction by using objects, fingers, and responding to practical situations (e.g. if we have 3 apples and add two more, how many do we have?).
Mathematics: Measurement and Data
PK.MD.1: Identify measurable attributes of objects, such as length, and weight. Describe them using correct vocabulary. (e.g. small, big, short, tall, empty, full, heavy, and light.)
The Unit Outline can be found on Page 24 of the PDF below.