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The Gift of Trees

30 min lesson

The Tree Farmer is a beautifully illustrated story of a boy and his grandfather, who is a tree farmer. The book takes readers on a magical journey through the forest, discovering the gift of trees and our responsibility to care for them, generation to generation. This story is followed by a lesson in which students learn about the many different ways trees are used and how they affect our daily lives.
Porcupine meatballs are fun, kid-friendly food, made with ground beef, rice, onion, tomato soup, and seasonings.
This lesson investigates the miraculous process of air and water combining with seeds, soil and sunlight to create nearly all the food we eat. By having students observe different types of seeds, this lesson takes plant germination one step further by having students record the differing growth rates and other observations in germination journals (template provided).
While most plants grow from seeds, many can also be grown from bulbs, tubers or stem cuttings. This is called vegetative propagation. It is used in agriculture for growing many types of plants in the nursery and greenhouse industry, as well as for raising crops like potatoes and garlic.
Students learn about the super food that is the potato and how just a little bit of water can lead to a whole new plant.
Apples and onions are agricultural products. It is easy to tell the difference between them, just with our sense of taste. Yet, our visual and smell of the food affects what it tastes like. This lesson teaches students the importance of our senses interacting with each other when eating and finding distinguishable taste differences.
Monocots and Dicots

30 min lesson

In this lesson students set up a side-by-side germination experiment of monocot and dicot seeds. They will observe differences and similarities of these two types of flowering plants at the germination level, specifically the number of cotyledons. Students can record their findings daily. This is a great way to begin a flowering plant unit
Living Necklace

30 min lesson

Here is a new twist on planting seeds. Students make a “living necklace” they can wear home or display in various places around the classroom. It is ideal for kicking off a plant unit or introducing the stages of plant growth and development.
Grow an Apple Fungus

600 min lesson

Students grow mold on apple slices to simulate fungus diseases that attack apple trees. Students apply various “treatments” to apple slices, hypothesize which places and treatments are ideal for growing molds, and observe and name the molds like a plant pathologist
This lesson is an interactive way to bring germination and the stages of plant development to life.