The Kindergarten Crew focused on plants during their Spring Expedition. The Spring Expedition included two case studies with three guiding questions:
- "What are the characteristics of a plant?"
- "How do plants help us?
- “How do we help plants?"
KinderCREW grew Wisconsin Fast Plants to learn about the parts of a plant and what makes plants different from other living things. Students learned all about the life cycle of plants and what plants need to grow. A science notebook was used to record observations and keep track of everything that was learned.
Next, they learned about plants as food. Students learned how food goes from a seed to the food in a lunchbox. The CREW applied the knowledge they gained in the first case study to grow their own food plants. Vegetable-rich recipes were studied and students collaborated to map a garden for each recipe. They created plant information tags as a final project. The tags feature a VanGogh-style collage on the front and student-written information on the back.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- Vivid examples of high-quality work from very young students
- An excellent model of an expedition and how the guiding questions were explored
- An exciting, hands-on project for young students