Sunday, March 6, 2016

Planting in the Classroom!

Hi! It's Carolyn from Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together.  This month, I put together some of my favorite planting activities to use in the classroom.  I'm ready for spring- and I'm going to make my own if I have to! Actually, it's been a gorgeous  winter in Upstate NY, so I can't even complain. 

First, this project makes me smile every year.  I like to do this project before St. Patrick's Day.  We usually have Open House around this time, too, which is perfect because parents can take these home after Open House. 

 We plant our grass seed to make our Crazy Hair People.  I take everyone's picture up close and print them 3X5.  I use two sided tape to stick the pictures onto the styrofoam cups.  The hair usually grows very quickly, which is so much fun.  I have some little tiny rubber bands that the girls love to use to make pony tails.  The boys love to give themselves haircuts.

 This little guy's dad took the time to send me a picture of his first "haircut."  
Here's another fun grass activity!  I saved this picture a long time ago- with no reference to go with it.  If it's your idea, let me know, and I'll gladly add it to this post.  I love the idea.  Even the kids' first initial would be cute.  I'm thinking you could even use Styrofoam meat containers, even though they're thin.  Grass doesn't need too much soil to grow in.  


I love to introduce my children to Miss Rumphius right before  Earth Day.

This is such a thoughtfully written book that lets children begin thinking of different ways they can make the world more beautiful. After we read the story, I had the children retell it. We talked about the three things Alice wanted to do in her life : 1)  travel to far away places, 2) live by the sea, and 3) make the world more beautiful. We had a great discussion about why it is so important for each of us to do something to make the world more beautiful.  I found some good discussion questions here for the story.  (The questions are written for 8-11 year olds, but some were perfect for 'turn and talks' and class discussions.  I had fun listening to the conversations when the children  did 'turn and talks'.   Kindergarten children are very wise.  

The children were anxious to write about how they could each make the world more beautiful. I loved some of the answers!

  (Hunter LOVES the color melon pink- so he is going to paint all the roads! :)

 And finally...  How could that smile not make the world a better place? 

Next we decorated our planting cups with lupines.  I showed them how to make one dot, then two, three, four, and five.

Then, we planted our seeds!

We also made a poster for our room to help us remember what we need to do!

The timing of our Miss Rumphius Day could not have been more perfect this year. The very next day, my dear friend from Texas sent me these pictures... having no idea of her perfect timing!

Where I live,  lupines will grow if I am very attentive to them and baby them, but my friend Betty is surrounded in Texas with GLORIOUS Texas BlueBonnets! 

Last year, we planted forget-me-not seeds for Grandparent's Day.  We decorated the cups that we planted in by drawing on forget-me-not flowers with Sharpies. We also made cards that said, "Forget-me-nots for unforgettable grandparents!"  to go with the plants.
I wrote a post at my blog all about growing morning glories in my classroom!  Just click on the picture below if you'd like to see what I do with morning glories.  I absolutely love growing them in the classroom.
I also wrote a post HERE about Jack and the Beanstalk, and all the different activities I do with that story.  We have so much fun with Jack and the Beanstalk!  The kids love growing the beans!
At the end of the year, as my sweet class is getting ready to think ahead to first grade, I like to plant sunflower seeds with them.  We talk about the fact that when their flower is grown and blooming, they will be ready for first grade and a brand new year of school.

This is a cute story we read to go along with our planting. 

I wrote this poem to go along with their plantings.  

Finally, in the winter, I love to plant an amaryllis bulb in the classroom.  You can get them for about $5 at Walmart or different stores.  They are so easy to plant- and great for measuring, because they grow so fast. The kids can take a measurement each day and see what happens.  Plus, it brings a little joy to the room in the cold, gray winter.

We have lots of fun and do lots of learning with the amaryllis.

This isn't my amaryllis, but I couldn't find the pictures I took of mine.  Mine looked just like this one.  They are no-fail, and always so gorgeous!

I hope you found some fun ideas to use in your classroom!  Thank you for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for a lovely post with loads of nice ideas. I'm especially looking forward to
    the Miss Rumphius book.


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