Plants Kindergarten and Preschool Lesson

Preschool and Kindergarten Printables Plant Predictable Rader

Preschool and Kindergarten Activities for Reading -  Printable Reader 1
A predictable chart could be used to introduce the concept of plant characteristics and this is done in conjunction with teaching or modeling beginning reading skills.  The text would follow a repetitive story line.  Example:  This is a tree plant, This is a flower plant.  In the members' area you will find pictures to match the text and an emergent reader for children to take home as a follow-up activity.  The children will be able to read the little reader  on their own, once it has been introduced by modeling the reading process.

Sample Page from the Emergent Reader

Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Printable Reader 2

The book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle is a wonderful book to use in conjunction with the Plants Theme.  It tells a wonderful story, as well, it introduces key learning concepts about seeds and plants.  This is one book I would recommend to use in conjunction with this theme.  In the members' area you will also find a predictable retelling of the story that can be placed in a pocket chart, overhead transparency or on chart paper.  There is also large pictures that can be used to make this into a big book.

Sample of the Retelling

You may wish to spend a week just focusing on the importance of trees in relation to this theme. Trees Reader Page

Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Printable Reader 3

Prior to introducing the mini theme "Trees" you could read the book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.   It would be a good introduction to how trees help us.  After, the emergent reader "Trees" would be used for shared reading experience.  The small black and white version pictures could be placed in a predictable chart along with the sentences  There is also an enlarged color version that can be used to make this reader into a big book which is displayed in the photograph. The story line reads as follows: Trees give us air. Trees give us food. Trees give us heat. Trees give us wood. Trees give us paper. Trees are a home for the animals. We like climbing trees.

Trees Reader Sample Page

Trees Reader for the Big Book Sample Page

 New Mini Literacy Unit Based on "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle

The book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle is a wonderful book to use in conjunction with the Plants Theme.  It tells a wonderful story, as well, it introduces key learning concepts about seeds and plants.  As a member you will have access to this mini Literacy theme which is based on the literature selection "The Tiny Seed".

Preview of Mini Theme Unit

Plant Sorting ActivityPreschool and Kindergarten Science

Preschool Kindergarten Activity - Sorting

Have children sort pictures of living things according to if they are a plant or not a plant.  Both color and black and white pictures are found in the members' area.

Parts of Plants (Flowers)

Introduce how plants have different parts.  The picture in the link below can be used for this purpose or bring in an actual plant to show the children.

Parts of a Flower

1Root - holds the plant in the ground and absorbs water and nutrients from the soil.

Parts of Plants Craft Activity2.  Stem - carries the water and nutrients to the rest of the plant.  It also helps support it and direct the leaves towards the sunlight for them to produce the food source for the plant.

3.  Leaves - make food for the plant

4.  Flowers - make the seeds to make new flowers

Follow-up Craft

Children cut out the sunflower petal (in the members' area).   Color or paint the petal.  Glue it onto construction paper.  Glue sunflower seeds in the middle of the petal.  Children paint , color or add construction paper parts to make the rest of the flower as displayed in the photograph, these parts can be labeled.

Simple Version

In the members' area there is a smaller version of the sunflower petal.  This can be colored without cutting and the rest of the plant parts can be colored on or added by using green construction paper.

Plant Parts We Eat - Color/ Black and White Pictures Found in the Members' Area Used for Discussion Purposes

 Plants We Eat PictureThe emergent reader books Where Do We See Plants? and My Seed Book introduces the children to the concept that we eat plants.

Roots - turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes

Flowers and Leaves - lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower

Seeds - corn, peas and nuts

Stems - celery, rhubarb and asparagus

Plant Seed Growth

Plant Seed Growth1.  Cut paper towel to fit into a plastic petri dish, or fill the dish with cotton batting.

2.  Add water to dampen but not soak

3.  Add seeds (bean and radish seeds grow quickly), cover the dish with plastic wrap

Copy the booklet below. The number of copies you make will vary depending how many days you choose to observe the plant growth.

4.  A
fter completing the above planting seeds process the children can complete the first page of their book

5.  Draw pictures of the seeds

6.  Measure the seed on the growth chart.  Color in where it came to on the chart.  Children should notice this increases after each observation

7.  After the seeds have germinated they can be planted into soil

Title Page for Plant Booklet

Plant Growth Booklet

Plant MeasurementPreschool and Kindergarten Math

Preschool and Kindergarten Measurement Activities

Children can measure real, artificial or pictures of plants or flowers.  Snap cubes or unsharpened pencils can be used or another measuring tool.

Note:  Different picture sizes can be found in the members' area similar to what is displayed in the photograph.

Preschool and Kindergarten Number ActivitiesSeed Number Counting

In the members' area there are sunflower petal cards.  A number could be printed in the center of the petal.  The children must place that Foot Seed Craftmany seeds to represent the numbers shown.

Preschool and Kindergarten Plants Crafts

Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity One

The children can make the tiny seed. Their foot can be traced, cut and facial features can be added to represent tiny seed.

Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity Two
Sponge Painting 

Tip:  When making templates for tracing or sponge painting use a soft plastic material (4L ice cream lid works great for this).  This allows the templates to be reused again.Sponge Painting Plant Craft

Instructions for the Craft

Flower Garden CraftPreschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity Three

Classroom Flower Garden

Head shot photos of children can be taken. They would be cut and centered in the middle of the flower petal.  The stem and leaves would be added to make a classroom flower garden.

Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity Four

Make a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head           

A potato is an example of a root that we eat.  Children will have fun making this craft.  The picture below demonstrates the possibilities. The potato was painted prior to decorating.  Shredded paper found in the craft stores was used for hair and playdough was used to make the lips, nose and ears.Mr. Potato Craft

1.  cut the top off a used small milk carton

2.  cut the strips in the link below.  They have been measured to go around the base of the milk carton.

3.  staple the strip onto the milk carton

4.  the heading in the link below can be cut and glued onto the holder

Note:  This must be copied onto legal paper

Strips to Wrap Around the Milk Carton

Heading for the Front of the Container

Veggie Snack Design
Suggested Cooking or Snack Activity

Veggie Flower

1. cucumber slicer per child
2. 6-8 carrot rounds per child
3. 1/2 celery stalk per child
4. Lettuce leaves

The cucumber is used for the center of the flower, the carrot
rounds are used for the petals, the celery stalk is the stem and
the lettuce leave for the leaves

Dot to Dot Connect the Alphabet Tree Trunk

Connect the Dots Tree


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