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How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals

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How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Selected books about gardening

  • Science field journals

    • These can be commercially purchased, a spiral notebook, or a student-created book.

    • You can print blank Stapleless Books and ask students to devote one day of their observations to each page of the book.

    • For a more structured journal experience, create a Flip Book with the desired labels already made for the students. Example labels might be "Day 1, Day 2, etc." or "Drawings, Measurements, Observations, etc." Assemble the books for students to use as they record their observations.

  • Writing and drawing materials

  • Location for a class garden or a windowsill or containers for container gardening

  • Chart paper or Board and writing materials

  • Gardening tools, such as shovels, hoes, seeds, and watering cans

  • Measuring supplies and magnifying glasses

  • Camera (optional)

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.

 

Stapleless Book

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

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