Friday 23 March 2012

Botany - Week one

We stated our botany unit this week. Our first port of call was to study dirt, we read the 'Jump into Science Dirt' book - it is a basic level but gave a good starting point. We explored the different types of sediment,
looked at them under a microscope
and tested which was the best at absorbing water.

Then we moved onto seeds - we looked at the structure of a seed (booklet from Montessori Print Shop) and dissected a seed.
don't know if you can spot the epicotyl (two little leaves) in this photo but the girls spotted it and it lead to a great discussion on monocot and dicot plants.

We also looked at the life cycle of a seed.

(from Montessori Print Shop), which included building a seed viewer from an old CD case so we can watch how it grows.

We then looked at the needs of a plant and the effect of salinity on growth.

While the older girls wrote up their note book pages, Rose worked on sorted seeds by type.

1 comment:

Deb Chitwood said...

What wonderful botany activities ... so inviting (and I love the Montessori Print Shop materials and how you used them)! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Gardening/Botany Unit Study Pinterest board at

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