Year level: Year 1
Activity: This activity is part of a science unit of work that involves children planting seeds in the garden.
- Children are read ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle as the ‘hook’ of the lesson.
- In groups, children draw and label the life cycle of a seed.
- Children will be able to explore the seeds using their senses before planting them. Children are encouraged to describe or make guesses of the plants the seeds are going to grow into.
- Children to list down what will be needed for a seed to grow.
- In small groups, children will plant the seeds with the assistance of the teacher or an EA. Children use iPads to take photos of the steps in planting the seeds.
- After planting the seeds, in the classroom, children arrange photos they took and list down each step on the iPads (e.g. step 2: Poke holes in the soil before we put the seeds into the soil). Children’s work can be shared on the classroom blog.
- Children continue to observe and record the seeds.
- Design and Technologies: Generate and record design ideas through describing, drawing, modelling and/or a sequence of written or spoken steps (WATPPS02)
- Digital technologies: Data can have patterns and can be represented as pictures and symbols (ACTDIK002)
Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS029)
Differentiation and Extension:
Teacher can group students according to their abilities.
This lesson can be integrated with the science and also the English curriculum. When children are writing down the steps, they are also practising their story retelling skills, spelling and writing skills (ACELA1817).
Explicit instructions are needed when children are planting the seeds. Teacher needs to look for any alternative conceptions during the learning process and make sure these are properly addressed. Practices in retelling and recalling story and steps will be needed prior this lesson. Children’s safety also needs to be taken into considerations when they are using gardening tools in the garden.