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Inch by Inch, Row by Row, How does my Garden Grow?

School: Palouse Prairie Charter School

City/State: Moscow, ID

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Visual arts

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Health and Wellness, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview: 

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
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