Science FUN in the Garden - with Printables - Growing Veggies Unit Study



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Each spring I can't wait to get out in the garden, and I loved involving my daughter in it, starting as a preschooler. 

We did lots of garden activities together....And now that she is busy in college, she still enjoys helping, and is always telling me of new shoots or blossoms that are coming up.  

Growing veggies is a great way to not only teach your kids about gardening and nutrition, it is also a wonderful opportunity to do hands-on science, right at home.  And each year, we often started out by growing some veggies from seed, in February.


Starting Veggie Seeds



Growing lettuce, onions, or carrots is a great way to start your kids on their own little veggie gardens. They are easy to grow, and they can usually be planted early, in many areas of the country.  

And if you do onions, your kids won't have to wait until the actually onions grow. They can harvest the stalks, as green onions, and enjoy them earlier.  And I, for one, love fresh green onions from the garden, in my salad.  

Young gardeners can plant their veggie seeds inside, and watch them grow there.  Cut off milk cartons make great planters. 

For outside planting, we often just used large containers that we set out on the deck.  That way they were very reachable, for a quick harvest for a salad.  Or for doing science activities in the garden.....


Science FUN in the Garden



Young Scientists can:

Keep a watering chart. 
Measure growth each week, using a ruler, to practice numbers.
Graph the growth on paper.


Older students can do something like this.....


The Great Veggie Experiment 
Compost vs. Dirt 



Plant veggie seedlings in three different ways:

Compare growing seedlings in:
1. dirt only 
2.  dirt and compost mix - just mix them together
3.  compost only

Learn the Scientific Process - Hands-On

1.  Make a hypothesis - Have each child guess which procedure will yield the tallest seedlings in x weeks. Each child, then records their predictions in writing.

2.  Test your Hypothesis by doing the experiment.  

3.  Take data - Measure the seedlings growth each week, and chart it.

4.  Analyze your Data - Do the final analysis - To easily analyze the data, check your records, and just see whose guess was right.

5.  State your Conclusion - Write a sentence stating which procedure yielded the best results.


Doing this experiment will cover lots of subjects:

Science - Learning about seeds and growth.
Learning the scientific method.

Math: Measuring the seedlings with a ruler.  Make a graph of the seedlings growth.

Writing - Record the steps followed for the scientific process, in a notebook.

For art: Draw the seedlings in a nature journal

For service: Share veggies with neighbors


For more ideas for Science in the Garden, here are some frugal resources to check out:
from Evan-Moor for K/1st



This helpful hands-on workbook explained simple botany concepts, one step at a time, on K/1st grade level, with hands on learning activities to do.  We enjoyed this book early on....To read more of my review, click here.


  from Teacher Created Resources, for 2nd - 5th


TCR3665 Plants Image

This book is full of short lessons and activities to do to learn:

1.  What's inside a seed
2.  How do seeds grow
3.  How do plants grow
4.  Experiment with plants
5.  Leaf rubbings/craft activities
6. Making a plant journal,
 and much more.

For more info, check out the sample pages here.  They offer kindle options, too.


by Diana Hutts Aston, from a2zhomeschool.com


The story of a seed's life, told in a poetic way, with artwork.



Growing a Plant - Free Science Worksheet

This is  one of their printables - Growing a Plant, offered by Jump Start.  They offer 9 more, including the life cycle of a plant.  Click here to download, or for more info.  

What do you like to do with your young scientists and gardeners?  I enjoy reading your comments.


For many more resources for the elementary years, such as elementary science and more, click here.




Happy Homeschooling,
Betsy


Betsy blogs at BJ's Homeschool , where she writes about high school collegeand all the fun of homeschooling the early years, too.  As a former OT, and a veteran homeschooler, Betsy also offers homeschool help to families 


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