Encourage students to discover! The joy of discovery motivates students to learn. Remember your first successful attempt at riding a bicycle and the excitement you experienced? It is not that you were the first person in the world to ride a bicycle, but what mattered was that you discovered that you could do it. It is this process of discovery that we need to recreate for learning in classrooms. People learn through a discovery process.
Here are some wonderful discoveries about plants in our classroom -
look, see and discover!
Planting lima beans in a plastic baggie. Will they really sprout in a bag? Next, plant sprouts into seedling pots. Discover the changes and make notes about your observations. Do all of your seedlings grow? Which grew best? Wonder if there will be a harvest of real lima beans? Discovery and conversation happen every morning around this 'wonderful windowful'.
|starting out in plastic bag|
|transplant in cup|
|watching and observing growth and change|
|And another discovery…you can grow plants in a CD case!|
the children love this!
We are also growing paperwhite (narcissus) bulbs. Students had a choice to plant them in water, rocks or soil. Each student has 2 bulbs. They are observing, taking notes and keeping a plant journal about their plants. We are hoping to have flowers by Christmas and take these home as a family gift.
|forcing paperwhite bulbs|
|bulbs with shoots|
2 easy experiments to do in your classroom: