– Students will understand that you can make observations using your five sense
– Students will make a connection between they way they sense and receive information to the way the bugs in the Learning Garden sense and receive information.
– Students will be able to identify that plants grow bigger and stronger when they have air, water, light, and nutrients.
Next Generation Science Standards
3-LS3-2: Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
4-LS1-2: Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brains, and respond to the information in different ways.
5-LS1-1: Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
3.MD.C.5: Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
3.SL.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building
4.SL.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.5.SL.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Materials and Prep: Review lesson and familiarize yourself with the Learning Garden
– Make photocopies of scavenger hunt handout (one sheet per student)
– Gather pencils and coloring materials
– Provide a clipboard or hard surface to write on
Introduction (5 minutes)
Students will become familiar with their Learning Garden by making and recording observations. Students will use their senses and problem solving skills to explore different parts of the Learning Garden and better understand the variety of plants that are growing. Have the students review their five senses. Let the students know that today we will be using four of our five senses to explore the Learning Garden (see, hear, feel, smell). Ask students to explain: why are we using our senses to explore the Learning Garden today?
Garden Activity (20 minutes)
Students will complete the Learning Garden scavenger hunt individually and break into small groups at the conclusion of the scavenger hunt for a pair and share.
Review with students what does it mean to make an observation. Ask them, what will help us make good observations in the garden? Students can carefully use their senses: look, touch, smell and listen. Discuss with the students why we will not be using our taste sense today. Students from time to time will be invited to taste things from the Learning Garden, but students should never taste or eat anything from the Learning Garden without their teacher’s permission.
Review any additional rules to the Learning Garden.
Query students about known bee/wasp sting allergies before going into the field.
Students will search in the Learning Garden for the objects, plants, and animals found on their Student Handout and record their findings in the appropriate space. Once each student is finished with the scavenger hunt invite them to grab their coloring materials and color in their scavenger hunt. This can continue until everyone is finished.
Conclusion (10 minutes)
When students are finished with their scavenger hunt break them up into groups of two for a quick pair and share. Have the students spend 3-5 minutes sharing with their partner what they found. After the pair and share, bring the entire group together either in the Learning Garden or in the classroom for a group discussion. Review the following questions. – What what the biggest leaf in the Learning Garden?
– What was the area of that leaf?
– Does that plant have any advantages over the other plants because of the larger leaves?
– What was the tallest plant in the Learning Garden?
– What does a plant need to grow tall and strong?Make a list of the different bugs found during the Scavenger Hunt. Ask students why are there bugs living in the Learning Garden?