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Our Learning Garden - Kindergarten Lesson 1-6 “Using Paper in our Garden ”. Lesson Summary- Kindergarten students learn about diversity in the plant / tree world with interactive exercises and activities (Cluster1) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Our Learning Garden - Kindergarten Lesson 1-6Using Paper in our GardenLesson Summary- Kindergarten students learn about diversity in the plant / tree world with interactive exercises and activities (Cluster1)The concept of colors and classification is practiced in activities of observing and sorting seeds. Students can classify seeds by color, shape, edibles and size. (Cluster 2)Cluster 3-Students use the Potmaker (included in the kits) to design paper seedling pots.Critical thinking and observation skills are developed when experimenting with the various materials to determine what is the best paper material to use for making potmakersThis reinforced by planting sunflower seeds and observing what materials work bestStudents water and care for sunflower greens and they can harvest them to eatThe lesson can continue in late May by planting sunflower outside or in a greenhouse using the potmakers. Students can count the number of potmakers they make and sort them by color and softness / strength of material

CLASS FUNDRAISER- You can sell the paper pots as a fundraiser during the spring seasonAll lesson plans and related files for download - ourlearninggarden.ca FILES ARE OPEN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CHANGE THEM AS YOU WISH

ourlearninggarden.caourlearninggarden.caLesson 1-Specific Learning Outcomes.In Kindergarten, an investigation of trees capitalizes on students' curiosity about the world around them. Our lesson engages the students with activities that allow them to examine the tallest tree and smallest flowering plant as well as the oldest trees.These activities help students understand the trees (plant kingdom) as living entities with great diversity .

ourlearninggarden.caLearning OutcomesGLO: C2, D1 Kindergarten, Cluster 2: Color Sort and classify objects by color The lessons and activities in lesson plans 2 and 3 are designed to teach kindergarten students to sort and classify seeds by color. Students also learn about the diversity of seeds and that the brightly colored edible seeds / foods are usually the healthiest. Utilizing critical thinking students can develop the foundations for understanding the relationship between color in nature and healthy natural food.

ourlearninggarden.caCluster 3 Paper -Specific Learning OutcomesLesson plan 4 is cross curricular as the students make environmentally friendly paper pots with the PotMaker. The students use recycled newspaper to make pots that are used to grow sunflower greens. This activity meets the overview for Cluster 3 Paper- By identifying, describing, and manipulating different kinds of paper and paper products found in the classroom, students are introduced to the concept of characteristics of materials. Hands-on investigations allow students to determine how well different kinds of paper can be cut, torn, and folded, and how these characteristics help to determine their uses. This study of paper culminates in students developing their design process skills by constructing a paper product for a particular use.K-3-06 Explore to determine an appropriate kind ofpaper for a particular task.Examples: paper towels are useful for soaking upspills...GLO: B1, C3K-3-07 Use the design process to construct a paperproduct for a particular use.Examples: paper cup, envelope, paper mat, box...GLO: C

Students can count the number of potmakers they make.Sort them by color and softness / strength of materialCritical thinking and observation skills are developed when experimenting with the various materials to determine what is the best paper material to use for making potmakersThis reinforced by planting sunflower seeds and observing what materials work bestThe lesson can continue in late May by planting sunflower outside or in a greenhouse using the potmakers. Newspapers potmakers degrade easily into the soil.

ourlearninggarden.caLesson Plan 5 involves many of the skill sets and learning outcomes that students need to develop in Cluster 1, 2 and 3.

It culminates with growing indoors sunflower greens that the students harvest and eat.

The paper pot holders that the students make are an important part of the activity.

This activity seamlessly integrates into other gardening activities ourlearninggarden.ca

Kindergarten Kit Contents Lesson Plan 1- None required

Lesson Plan 2 A wide assortment of seeds that students can sort based on many criteria, size, shape, edible, and or for planting

Lesson Plan 3 - None required

Lesson Plan 4Requires Potmaker available from Lee Valley and Richters.comGoogle-PotmakerVarious type of paper, soft Kleenex, toilet paper, newspaper, bond paper, these should all be readily available in the classroom.

Lesson Plan 5 Sunflower seeds, soil, bowl to soak seeds, pots to grow seeds in, light to place planted sunflower seeds in pots underourlearninggarden.caLesson 1-Kindergarten, Cluster 1: TreesLesson has activities and images that illustrate the diversity of trees and the plant world.One of the activities in the playground or gymnasium gives students an indication of the height of tall trees.

The exercise of drawing a tree and plant together is to help students understand the concept of scale7ourlearninggarden.ca

Plants come in many shapes and sizes.

Tall tree just as tall as the building

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Photograph by Christian Fischer.

Sprinklesourlearninggarden.caGo outside into the field and have the class form a line that is 100 meters longHave each student then run the 100 meters to get an idea of the distance and height in relation to the treeHow tall is that tree?

ourlearninggarden.caOldest Tree-4000 Years Oldourlearninggarden.ca

4000 Years is a long timeA long bridge ourlearninggarden.caTrees live for more than 2 years.

Plants live a short time

ourlearninggarden.caDraw a vegetable plant and tree together. Remember to draw the roots

ourlearninggarden.caLesson 2Kindergarten, Cluster 2: Colours

Students learn to classify seeds by color and shape.The students learn to further classify seeds by seeds you can eat and seeds you can plant. Students learn that we can eat and plant most seeds.

One of the objectives is for students to learn that seeds come from gardens and they are very healthy to eat.

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SEEDS

ourlearninggarden.caSort the seeds by colorourlearninggarden.caSort the seeds by shape

Activity distribute the bags of seeds and have students sort them. Encourage discussions on all aspects of the seeds. Especially related to healthy food.19ourlearninggarden.caSort the seeds we eatSort the seeds we plantSort the seeds we can eat and plant

Find the Black Sunflower Seeds

ourlearninggarden.caSave them as we will be planting these seeds soon21

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MANY SEEDS WE CAN EAT AND PLANT22ourlearninggarden.caDo you eat seeds?

Can you draw your favorite seed?23ourlearninggarden.ca

Lots of food are seeds from the garden. They are good for you to eatHealthy foodFrom the garden.They are plain and simpleourlearninggarden.caCan you draw some seeds you eat?

ourlearninggarden.caLesson Plan 3

In Lesson 3 we continue the theme of healthy food comes from plants in the garden. In cluster 1 students would have learned about the role of leaves in trees. The concept is expanded as we explore the leaves that students eat from the plant world

Students also explore flowers that we can eat

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Food from the garden is healthy

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Do You like eating leaves?ourlearninggarden.ca

Lettuce is a leafCan you draw a leaf?

Can you eat the flower of the plant?

ourlearninggarden.caBroccoli and cauliflowers are flowers30ourlearninggarden.caLesson 4Cluster 3: Paper

This activity meets many of the required Cluster 3 Paper Specific Learning Outcomes

The PotMaker is an very simple device that all students can make biodegradable plant pots from newspaper. Using strips from newspaper and other paper materials students can experiment and observe what paper products work and whyStudents can classify and sort the paper pots by color and material.You can expand the lesson by explaining why the paper pot holders are good for mother earth compared to plastic.

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It is easyourlearninggarden.ca

Very easyourlearninggarden.caCan you make a pot for a plant with

ourlearninggarden.caCan you make a pot for a plant with

ourlearninggarden.caCan you make a pot for a plant with

ourlearninggarden.caCan you make a pot for a plant with

ourlearninggarden.caWhat paper works best for paper pots?

ourlearninggarden.caPlastic Litter Stays Newspaper becomes part of the soil

Activity40ourlearninggarden.caLesson 5

Students get the opportunity to use the pot makers to grow sunflower greens , harvest and eat them.We reinforce many of the outcomes in the previous lessons. The sunflower green is a leaf, so they learn about another healthy leaf to eat.

Students can record and observe the results of how different types of paper work as pot holders.

Student observe phases of plant growth and care.Student can start a variety of plant indoors in the pot holder for planting in school or home garden.

ourlearninggarden.caTeachers Notes

Try grow some sunflower greens in the paper pots the class made.Show the class the video my Sunflower Time Lapse download video from ourlearninggarden.ca

Instructions for Growing Sunflower Greens CLASSROOM ACTIVITY Soak the seeds in cool water for 12-24 hours. Use the solid black seedsRinse the seeds b

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