From Seed to Plant: An Observation Booklet
Spring is finally here and it seems everyone is talking about seeds and plants at school. Our class is no different. We are deep into plants and growing right now. We have talked about the parts of a plant, the plant life cycle and even planted an imaginary garden. Today, however, each child in first grade adopted a soon-to-be-plant (aka a seed) and even filled out a certificate in which they promised to do everything they need to do to care for the plant as long as it is alive. Students were able to choose one kind of plant from a selection of quick growing seeds. They planted their seeds in individual containers and even gave their plants a name. They loved it!
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Okay, so now I am going to step back a bit. We didn’t just throw a seed in a pot, fill out a certificate and leave it at that. We did quite a bit of science as well. Even before they touched a seed, each student was given a copy of our “Seed to Plant Book.” This book documents the entire process of growing a seed page by page.
In this booklet students are asked to observe, predict, measure and record their findings with pictures and with words. And, in the end, this book will tell the story of their plant going from seed to plant.
Here are a few sample pages from the book:
On this page, students were asked to study their seed of choice and then draw a “scientific” drawing.
On this page, students were asked to draw a picture predicting what their plant would look like when full grown.
And a few more…
The nice thing about this book is that many of the pages can be used over and over and you can use them in any order you like. Simply print the templates, cut the papers in half, put them in the order you like and you are set to go!
This booklet is available for purchase at the following link:
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