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Impact II: Projects & Lesson Plans: Seeds of Learning
Seeds of Learning

HOW IT WORKS
Seeds of Learning is a hands-on program that allows the students to  take their own discoveries about plant life. It begins with a discussion of what plants (living things) need to survive. The students’ responses are charted and tested through experimentation using lima beans. The next lesson begins with the book The Tiny Seed in which the children are introduced to the growth process of the plant. Working in small groups, the students examine vegetable seeds. They classify them according to size, color, and shape. The next day, in keeping with the theme of the book they have read, they select the “king” they wish to plant and begin keeping their plant log. The first page includes a narrative procedure (“How To”) on planting seeds. Each day, the students continue observing and recording the progress of their seeds. During this time, they predict which seeds will grow first. Literature, as well as poetry, is incorporated. The students read independently and share what they learn. They use rulers to measure growth and magnifying glasses to examine the parts of their plant. The use of scientific and descriptive language as well as illustrations is encouraged. The students continue to compare, record, and share their discoveries. Several mini-lessons, such as how seeds travel and the importance of growing foods to eat, are taught. The excitement builds until the day in which they take their plants home. The culminating activity is a trip to the Botanical Gardens. 

THE STUDENTS
 Twenty-three second-grade students participated in Seeds Of Learning. It is appropriate for mixed-ability students and can be easily adapted to their needs. The class works individually and in cooperative groups. They learn from one another as well as on their own. Full group discussions are also held daily. 

THE STAFF
Karen Olszewski has taught first and second grade at P.S. 76Q for eleven years. She presently teaches the second grade and has participated in the CUNY Literacy Enhancement Project, the N.Y.C. Mentor Teacher Program, and was a member of the Math, Science, and Technology Team. She has led literacy workshops on incorporating writing and literature in all curriculum areas. These experiences have helped inspire her to use a more integrated approach to teaching in the early childhood grades. 

WHAT YOU NEED
Planting supplies (soil, seeds, water sprayers, and plastic cups), non-fiction and fiction books, rulers, magnifying glasses, chart paper, and writing paper are all necessary tools. 

OVERALL VALUE 
This program helps the students to meet the English Language Standards as well as many of the Performance Standards for Science and Math. In addition, the students involved become excited about learning as they nurture their growing plants. They learn to interact with their peers in a positive way. This program is a definite self-esteem booster as they make their own discoveries and watch their plants grow successfully. They also improve their writing and vocabulary skills. The participating students became totally involved in this unit, which is key to learning. 

 

View the Curriculum Unit/Dissemination Packet

CURRICULUM AREAS
Science
Mathematics
Language Arts
Social Studies

GRADES 
1-3

MORE INFORMATION


Karen Olszewski
William Hallet
P.S. 76
36-36 10 Street
Long Island City, NY
11106
KAYO57@aol.com
Principal
Laurence Himmelstein

IMPACT II 
Catalog 2002-2003

 

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