Sunday, March 17, 2013

All About Plants + Freebie

Happy St. Patrick's Day friends!! I have been thinking a lot about all things green this week. Not just lucky shamrock green, but more like all living things green! What started as a few ideas grew into a pretty mega unit - All About Plants {Plant Unit For The Common Core Classroom} 

I first tried to work my way through teaching about plants at the very beginning of the year. I'd just switched schools so I used the stuff my district had given me. It covered the basics, but I wanted more. A lot more!! I wanted hands on activities, lab work, activities, critical thinking, cause and effect, sequencing - THE WORKS! This unit has 2 weeks worth of lessons and activities to keep your budding botanists busy in the classroom. We're going to cover everything from the beginning stages of a Plant Life Cycle to the ins and outs of Photosynthesis, Pollination, and Chlorophyll extraction!

There are many opportunities for Informative and Narrative Writing through out the unit!

As well as Non- Fiction Texts that highlight key vocabulary and Comprehension Questions for every lesson.

You can pick up this unit for 20% off in my TPT Shop today only!! :)
You can grab this Photosynthesis poster as a FREEBIE in the Product Preivew.
Just download the preivew and you can print the poster directly from the last page!

And leave it to Harry Kindergarten, my favorite Youtube song man,  to have a catchy video and song that goes right along with our studies. Click the picture below to watch his What Plants Needs Song.

I have  another Spring Unit I am just about finished with that will go hand in hand with this one and our study of living things. Look for it to post later today or early tomorrow. My Facebook fans will probably be the first to know so if you don't already "like" Falling Into First on Facebook, you might want to check it out. :)

One last thing about plants. Have any of you tried Kale "Chips" before? The Mr. baked these up for us yesterday and I was popping them like potato chips! We seriously at half of the tray as soon as they popped out of the oven! Sometimes plants taste G-O-O-D!!

If you want to give them a try it's the easiest thing ever. Pre-heat your oven to 350, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt, then cook them for 10-15 minutes depending on your crisp preference. (I like big crisp.) Take them out and prepare to start popping!!


  1. This looks adorable! I have it on my wishlist now. :)

    Sugar and Spice

  2. So cute! Love the non-fiction comprehension passages. Kale chips are definitely the best! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  3. All I can say it WOW! This looks amazing!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  4. Girl . . . you are keeping me focused on science . . . THANK YOU! It gets so neglected in my room, but your packs are soooooo good that I can't wait to find a spot to slam it in! Thanks friend!!!!

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  6. I looooove kale chips!! You should try them with olive oil, squeeze some lemon over them, and add garlic salt! Mmmmm!! :) Your plant unit is on it's way to the printer as I am typing this and I can't WAIT to use it!! :)

    A Day in First Grade

  7. Your ideas are very good, the picture is very funny and adorable kids will surely enjoy much in line with today's learning mode of small children.