Unit Study: Kindergarten Plant Discovery (Part 2)

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the world of plants and their importance in our lives.
  2. Understand basic concepts of plant growth, parts, and functions.
  3. Develop curiosity and appreciation for nature and gardening.
  4. Enhance language skills through plant-themed storytelling and discussions.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of biology, ecology, and environmental stewardship.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Plant Parts and Functions

  • Explore different parts of plants and their roles
  • Engage in a “Parts of a Plant” labeling activity
  • Science activity: Observe plant parts under a magnifying glass

Day 2: Gardening Adventure

  • Focus on gardening: Discuss the basics of planting and caring for plants
  • Engage in a hands-on gardening activity (e.g., planting seeds)
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Plant Growth Journal” with drawings and observations

Day 3: Plants and the Environment

  • Explore the relationship between plants and the environment
  • Learn about photosynthesis and how plants help us
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 4: Plants Around the World

  • Focus on plants from different regions and ecosystems
  • Discuss how plants adapt to their environments
  • Science activity: Create a mini “Desert Terrarium” or “Rainforest Diorama”

Day 5: Culmination and Green Thumb Awards

  • Culmination activity: Students present their plant growth journals and observations
  • Engage in a “Green Thumb Awards” ceremony, recognizing plant enthusiasts

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle Amazon Link
  2. “From Seed to Plant” by Gail Gibbons Amazon Link
  3. “National Geographic Kids: Seed to Plant” by Kristin Baird Rattini Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. SciShow Kids: “How Do Plants Grow?” YouTube Link
  2. National Geographic Kids: “Photosynthesis” YouTube Link
  3. Happy Learning English: “Plants Around the World” YouTube Link

Gardening Activity

Engage in a hands-on gardening activity, such as planting seeds in pots or a garden area.

Science Activity

Create a “Desert Terrarium” or “Rainforest Diorama” to showcase the different plant adaptations in these ecosystems.

Culmination Activity

Students present their “Plant Growth Journals” and observations, followed by a “Green Thumb Awards” ceremony where plant enthusiasts are recognized.

Bible Connection

Discuss the concept of growth and the beauty of God’s creation as seen in plants, exploring passages that emphasize God’s care for the natural world (e.g., Matthew 6:28-30, Psalm 104:14-16).

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