Kinder Garden: The Tiny Seed Lesson Plan
Ideas for the Classroom
A plant has many parts: roots that soak up nutrients, water, and provide support, a stem for stability, leaves that make food and the flower. Just like the parts that make up a healthy plant, the students of a classroom all play an important part in the classroom. Blooming with their unique traits and talents, parents and teachers play an essential role in nurturing and growth.
When I was in early childhood education, one of our first projects would include planting seeds and observing their growth. While there are many variations, I enjoyed these follow up activities with the planters:
- painting or decorating their own pots; these can be anythings from paper cups to clay potters
- use seeds with a short gestation period (5-10 days) such as micro-greens or wheat grass
- have the children record the growth daily in a journal or notebook or have them take picture
- watering plants daily gives children a sense of responsibility; you can have them each water their own plants of rotate through children and have one child water all the plants of “their” day
Whatever your take on it, planting seeds if a fun way to introduce the flower cycle and parts of a plant. It also makes a great “take home” gift for students to give their moms and dads.
The Tiny Seed Lesson Plan
The Tiny Seed “provides a colorful look at the life cycle of a plant as strong autumn winds blow seeds away where they then must survive an array of challenges to make it to spring where they will have the great opportunity to be the next generation of flowers.” We love this book and I’m sure you do, too!
- Before you read: Predict and discuss, what do seeds need to grow?
- Vocabulary: burst, gently, neighbor, drifts, drowns, desert
- After reading, discuss: Talk about the life cycle of a plant.
Growing “The Tiny Seed” Materials
- Potters (or cups)
- Paint (we used acrylic)
- Supplies for decorating (googly eyes, beads, glitter, etc)
- Hot glue gun or tacky glue
- Organic Potting Soil
- Seeds (such as micro greens or wheat grass)
Collect your plain planter and begin decorating. We used a small standard clay pot and decorated it with acrylic paint, googly eyes and pipe cleaners.
When the pots were dry, we filled them with the Organic Planting Soil and planted the seeds according to the directions on the package.
We placed our plants on the porch, watered them daily and after about a week, they really started to grow!
…then we decided to give them a haircut Working on those fine motor skills!