On Wednesday, the Kinders and I got into a discussion about all the changes we had been seeing outside. Some of the changes that were brought forth were: the sun seems to be out more often, it is getting warmer outside, the snow is melting, we can see grass on the ground, puddles, mud and we have heard/ seen some of the animals that migrate/ adapt/ hibernate prancing around. Together, we concluded that these changes MUST mean it is Spring!! We proceeded to converse about what happens in Spring such as baby animals are born, we get to ride our bikes and plants start to grow. In lieu of our discussion, we read a version Jack and the Beanstalk, retold by Anna Milbourne. After reading the story, one of the Kinders asked, “Ms. K, can beanstalks really grow that tall?” This questions sparked all sorts of comments and suggestions from the kids. Considering no one was certain how tall a beanstalk really could grow, the Kinders suggested that we conduct an experiment!
Next we brainstormed all the things we would need to know in order to begin this experiment considering we would never want to hurt the plants. Here are the questions we came up with:
On Thursday, we branched out to find out some of the questions we had so that we could begin! The A.M class FaceTimed Madeline, a plant scientist who lives in Saskatoon. She was knowledgeable enough to tell us everything we needed to find, as well as where to find the materials! One of the Kinders in the P.M suggested that we had plant experts right in our school that could possibly answer our questions. He exclaimed that Ms.Leach’s grade two’s had giant plants in their classroom. We headed over to next door and had the grade two’s answer the questions we had and give us a tour of their indoor garden.
Today we realized that we had all the information that we needed in order to begin our project! We learned from our experts that plants need peat (soil), water, light and a seed to grow. First we decided to make a plan, to ensure that we did not waste any materials. Here are some pictures of the very proud horticulturists we had in our classroom today: