Strand: Living Things:

Lesson: Plants

 
Aim/Objectives

1. 1. To foster a long-time care and a sense of responsibility for the long-time care of the environment. 2. To enable the child to communicate ideas, present work and report findings, using a variety of media.

Objectives:
1. To help the children become familiar with the world of plants - the parts of the plant and functions of same, the names of the different types of plants, and what a plant needs to survive.
2. To help the child observe the whole process of growth - all the changes involved in this.
3. To help the child explore and enjoy learning through the medium of technology.

Materials Needed
Lap-Top
Data Projector
Large screen to pull over blackboard
Digital Camera
Printer
Software - Mad about Science - Disc 2 (Life)
Content/Methodology

Introduction

Factors that affect Plant Growth.

(1) General discussion, to find out, what knowledge the children have of plants
- names, colours, how do they survive, their favourite plants, where have they seen them, etc.
(2)Laptop and data projector set-up for lesson

Development

CD Rom: Mad About Science (Disc 2 Life)

Section 21: Plant varieties
Section 22: The Parts of the Plant - roots, stem, leaves and flowers
Section 23: What a plant needs
Section 24: Where do plants grow best?

Through the aid of the software, children explore the world of plants

- they are given a vast amount of knowledge through this medium e.g. they learn all the different parts of the plant
- all the different types of plants. e.g. cactus, grass plants
- they investigate all the factors that effect plant growth - water, light, soil, temperature.
They learn how plants grow towards the light. The sunlight gives them their green colour.

Through clicking on 'discoveries' children are exposed to additional information (e.g. how do cactuses survive in the desert?)
Children get great enjoyment and fun from playing the various games.
- e.g. matching names of plants to appropriate pictures - here they are exploring and discovering through fun and the learning is effortless.

Experiment: How plants chase light.

We will plant seeds in carton containers. Some will be covered fully, some partially. We will take note of how the seeds grow under different conditions. Click on pictures below.

Conclusion/Follow Up Activities

Children describe and discuss observations orally, using an increasing vocabulary.
Then they present their findings through simple written accounts and drawings.

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