Studying Sunflowers In The Surf City School Garden

Lesson Plan Overview

Lisa Hattrich and Megan Melega
SWBAT: -Make a hypothesis
-Label parts of a sunflower
-Listen for specific information (from a book about sunflowers)
in response to “what” questions.
-Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units,
by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end.
-Participate in a song entitled “What’s In The E.J. Garden?”
-fill bird-feeders with sunflowers.

Classroom Close-up Standards- Studying Sunflowers In The Garden

1-LS1-1.LS1A.1-(Disciplinary Core Idea)-ALL ORGANISMS HAVE EXTERNAL PARTS. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hea, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. PLANTS ALSO HAVE DIFFERENT PARTS, (ROOTS, STEMS, LEAVES, FLOWERS, FRUITS)THAT HELP THEM SURVIVE AND GROW.

-NJSLSA.SL1.-(Performance Expectation)- Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

-NJSLSA.SL4.- Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.

-1.MD.A.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.

The class of first grade students will enter the garden. The students will listen to a non-fiction book about sunflowers and partake in labeling parts of an actual sample of a sunflower. They will then measure the labeled parts. The birds will be fed sunflower seeds and participate in a discussion about what they see. An example of this is discussing how tall the sunflowers are. An example of a question will be ,”What do you think they are doing?” The results of this discussion will then be used in a teacher led song with this example: (Tall sunflowers looking down; that’s in the E.J. garden.)

Materials: -Book entitled: How a Seed Grows Into A Sunflower by David Stewart
-A Sunflower and tarp
-An easel for creating song lyrics
-straws and chain links for measurement
-Sunflower seeds

Students of all learning and ability levels will be able to participate in all of the lesson components with various accommodations as needed.

The students will be engaged in the variety of hands-on- lesson components. This cross-curricular lesson will allow the teacher to assess the students while incorporating learning strategies in a functional educational setting.

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