Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4AM, Day 9) – Budding Botanist
As you know, Dr. Mall is on a business trip. I was happy to accept the position as her sub for two days because I get to spend even more time with your fantastic children.
We began our morning with a book called, “and then it’s spring”, by Julie Fogliano. We talked about the patience gardening requires, and students likened their plants to their little children that they have to care for.
Next students showed their knowledge of the parts of the plant by free drawing their own plant and their own labeling of the parts. Some students even wrote the significance of each part. Then students wrote their own definition of what a plant is, and came up with examples and non-examples. We then combined our personal definitions to write our class definition.
After that, students conducted one more final observation of an experiment they have been working on since the first day of Budding Botanist. We discussed their conclusions, and then each botanist wrote up their experiment in the way that a science would.
Next, we went outside to compare leaf shapes and appearances. After collecting some specimens, students spread the leaves out on their tables and discussed the similarities and differences. Some students even noticed the differences in the veins of the leaves.
We then wrapped up our day with a look at plants from the Amazon Rain Forest and some of the most unique plants in the world. I look forward to meeting you at the Open House, tomorrow, from 9am-9:30am in the classroom, which is located at Murray, 3rd floor.