With all of the business at the end of the year the kindergarteners have found time to learn about living and non living things. The unit started with us going outside and observing our environment. We noticed what was growing and not growing, where plants and grass seemed to grow better, what is needed for plants to grow, and how important it is to take care of our earth. We learned about the benefits of having plants both indoors and outside.
We grew various beans (pinto, black, lima, and kidney) in baggies to observe how quickly they would grow, even without soil. Our culminating activity was one in which we dissected a kidney, a black, and a pinto bean to learn the parts of the beans. We discovered the seed coating, the embryo, and the plant food.
This activity gave the students the ability to make predictions about what the inside of the bean might look like and to make observations like real scientists by using some of their senses such as seeing, touching and smelling that real scientists use when they are conducting experiments.