Second Grade Nest: Plants!

Monday, April 27, 2015


I love teaching plants! Every year, my students and I grow bean plants out of lima beans.
Their progress pics are always so much fun to watch. 

Planting the Seed

Materials needed:
Paper Towels
Clear Cups
Black Sharpies
Lima Beans 

Getting the students to wrap their paper towels into a circle is always tough! 
But letting them try and try to get their cups perfect is always fun. When the students get disappointed because their seeds won't stay on the side of the cup, that's a learning experience. That's my opportunity to teach even more science and tell them that their seeds at the bottom of the cup will be an experiment just like the ones on the side of the cup. 

Observing the Seed: 
We watched the seed for a few weeks and wrote about what we saw in our learning logs. 
For a while, the students were drawing and writing about the same thing and getting quite frustrated!  

Learning About Plants While We Wait: 
Here is a look at fold-and-go books, printables, passages, and cut and glue pages from my plant unit that makes teaching plants quick and easy! 

Love our fold and go mini books. 
Flip them over, fold them twice, and the kids are ready to go!  

They even come with comprehension questions! 

I'm wild about passages. They are short and sweet, teach the kids what they need to know, and keep them responsible for reading with their comprehension questions at the bottom.  

And print-and-go printables ready for supplemental lessons! 


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