We started our second week on plants, we studied seeds, leaves, stems and roots a little more closely this week as well as what plants need to grow and how they make their own foods. To go along with our plant studies we rowed Miss Rumphius this week. Incidentally, while at the library for this row, we found the book on audio CD there, which is how the kids read most of the book for the week (this offered a nice reading break for mama).
- Once There was a Seed
- Plants Make Their Own Food
Growing Seeds in a CD Case
I found this activity from Art Projects for Kids. We have done the seeds in the jar thing so I thought this would be a fun way to do a routine experiment. Treyton really enjoyed it.
How Seeds Travel
We completed the Homeschool Share lapbook piece and went outside to look at different types of seeds. We talked about how seeds travel from the “mother-plant” to where they can actually grow in the ground – the three main ways being wind, people and animals.
We spent a lot of time discussing burrs, which for whatever reason are Treyton’s infatuation this summer :)
Treyton’s science lab this week was learning about monocot and dicot seeds. We soaked both bean and corn seeds overnight and then Treyton cut them both in half.
He labeled the parts of both.
I’m not sure he really understood the monocot vs. dicot concept, but he did enjoy the activity and was able to see first hand the parts of the seed up close and personal. Before this he did not realize that there was actually a baby plant (embryo) in the seed, nor did he realize that the bulk of the seed is food for the growing baby plant.
What Plants Need
My big focus with Alexa this week was having her remember the three/four things that all plants need to grow (air, sun, water and soil – though not all plants need dirt)
I used this game from Homeschool Creations to really illustrate the lesson.
Leaves & Photosynthesis
To illustrate this point we covered several leaves on our plants outside to see what would happen if they received water and oxygen but no sunlight. After a week we pulled off the foil, but sadly, none of our leaves lost their color… I’m not sure why, Treyton was extremely disappointed, but I still explained to him what normally should happen, and that maybe we should have waited longer than a week.
One thing that really got Treyton excited was was the fact that what we breath out (carbon dioxide) plants use to make their own food while they “breath out”/release what we need (oxygen). We talked about God’s design being perfect, and what an amazing Creator He is!
Alexa made a Thumbprint Lupine craft (it was meant to be a Hyacinth, but it worked ;)) Alexa LOVES any crafts but if you give her any type of paint she’s in her own little version of heaven.
Field Trip: Library
In the story Miss Rumphius worked in a library “dusting books and keeping them from getting mixed up, and helping people find the ones they wanted.”
We took a field trip to the library, Audrey was a little spastic this day so we didn’t get to discover as much about the library as I had wanted BUT Alexa did get her first library card!! It was an exciting day.
Geography: Where is Maine?
Maine is one of the four states that Alexa knows, so we didn’t have to spend much time on the geography part this week. She colored Maine on a map of the United States.
EXTRA LINKS: Miss Rumphius
Life Cycle of a Plant from Exploring Nature
Miss Rumphius Row @ Delightful Learning
Miss Rumphius @ Homeschool Share
Poppy Plant Craft from No Time for Flashcards