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Science for Little Sprouts

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Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature

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Recommended for:
Ontario: early learning, school and private daycare, kindergarten to grade 3
Quebec: preschool, school and private daycare, kindergarten to elementary cycle 2

In this workshop, your "little sprouts" will discover all the amazing features of seeds!

After learning a fun song about the basic needs of plants, students will observe and handle real seeds, focusing on how they disperse.

Next, they will exercise their green thumb by planting a seed to take home.

Finally, students will learn how to move like a seed, discovering how seeds adapt and develop throughout the four seasons.

Duration: 50 minutes

Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).

Schedule

  • October 3, 2017 – June 14, 2018
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.

Cost

  • $9 per student (tax not included)
  • Second workshop on the same day: $4 per student (tax not included)
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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Procedure

In this hands-on workshop, the children will learn about features of seeds! First, students will learn that seeds require four basic elements to grow into healthy plants (soil, sunlight, water and space) through a fun and catchy song.

Next, by comparing seeds with inanimate, everyday objects, students will learn that seeds come in different shapes and sizes, and how they move.

Finally, students will plant a seed in their own transportable pot. They will then take them home/back to school and care for their future plant, remembering the four basic elements needed to live.

To conclude, students will participate in the "seed dance" and learn how seeds move and respond to different natural elements (sun, wind, rain, snow).

Curriculum Links—Ontario

Early learning (ages 3 and 4)

Science and Technology

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the natural world and the need to care for and respect the environment.
  • Participate in environmentally friendly activities in the classroom and the schoolyard (e.g., plant and tend to plants).
  • Use technological problem-solving skills (questioning, planning, predicting, constructing, observing, and communicating) in free exploration, focused exploration, and guided activity.
  • Demonstrate persistence while engaged in activities that require the use of both large and small muscles).

Grade 3

Science and Technology
Understanding Life Systems / Growth and Changes in Plants

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Germinate seeds and record similarities and differences as seedlings develop.
  • Use scientific inquiry/experimentation skills, and knowledge acquired from previous investigations, to investigate a variety of ways in which plants meet their basic needs.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Describe the changes that different plants undergo in their live cycles.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Preschool, kindergarten (ages 4 and 5)

Learnings

  • The arts: drama (e.g., puppets); music (e.g., songs and nursery rhymes); dance (e.g., movement improvisation to various rhythms, etc.).
  • Science and technology: experimentation games, observation and manipulation of objects (e.g., creation, assembly), natural elements (e.g., air, water) or natural phenomena (e.g., rain, germination, falling leaves).

Elementary Cycle 2

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Competency 2: to make the most of scientific and technological tools, objects and procedures

  • The ability to use the objects, tools and procedures of science and technology.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things / Matter

  • Characteristics of living things: Metabolism of plants and animals (e.g. nutrition, respiration, growth, death).
  • Organization of living things: classification of life forms (e.g. microorganisms, fungi, plants, animals)
  • Organization of living things: Anatomy of plants (e.g. parts of a plant).
  • Transformation of living things: Growth of plants and animals.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things / Energy

Sources of energy for living things: Photosynthesis in plants (e.g. need for water and carbon dioxide).

Strategies / Strategies for Recording, Using and Interpreting Information

  • Using different tools for recording information (e.g. diagrams, notes, graphs, procedures, logbook).

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