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Watching a Garden Grow

 

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Watching a Garden Grow

Grades K – 2
Activity Time 15 or more minutes weekly (or as desired)
Activity Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

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Activity Description

Which grows faster: string beans or tomatoes? How tall does a pepper plant get? When you plant a garden this summer, involve children in the process by writing down questions and observations on the garden's growth in a summer garden journal.

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Why This Is Helpful

When children observe, comment on, and question the things that they see in the world around them, they strengthen their research skills. Children look closely to find details, and in the process, they learn to come up with their own questions and find answers-literacy skills that are valuable throughout the year.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals."

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