Sunday, May 6, 2018

TPT's Teacher Appreciate Week Sale! And... Check Out Our Plants!

If you didn't know already, TPT is having it's annual Teacher Appreciation Week Sale! Whoo Hoo! This is a time to celebrate being the awesome teacher that you are by stocking up on some essential TPT resources. Perhaps you need some end of the year resources, or maybe you are already thinking about next school year? This is the perfect time to stock up with a 25% off discount! This year's sale dates are May 8-9th, 2018. 

Asides from the sale I also wanted to give an update on some of the things that have been happening in my classroom! It feels like Spring now, and we have been learning about plants. We planted seeds in both ziplock baggies so that we can see how a seed sprouts and we planted snap peas in little
cups which the students have now taken home. We kept track of our plant's measurements and practiced our measuring ruler skills for approximately three weeks before the plants were too big and needed to be replanted. 

Besides planting and monitoring our seeds we also learned about the life cycle of a plant with the awesome craft in the picture below. 

To do this craft you need: 
-construction paper (blue and green) 
-kidney beans
-cupcake holders
-string or yarn
-green felt for the leaves

This craft was easy enough, the first thing you need to do is get some green construction paper and cut out some green grass and glue the grass on the horizon line of your landscape on your blue paper. Next, glue your straw down for your flower stem (you may need to cut the straw). The straw makes an excellent stem because it clearly illustrates how the stem of the flower sucks up water from its roots to the flower. Next, glue on a cupcake holder as the flower. Below the grass line now glue on your string or yarn to act as roots. Cut out some leafs from green felt, and lastly add your seed (a kidney bean) to the root and to the flower of your plant. Students can then jazz up their science/art project with some clouds and other details if they would like. 

As part of our plants unit we also did an in class 
plants scavenger hunt, which was a huge success! The students searched for facts about plants around the classroom and shared their findings with the class afterwards. The plants scavenger hunt can be found in my Plants Unit

You can find more creative and fun plant activities in my Plants Unit. Also check out my Worms and Composting Unit! 

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