Stephanie Mullins – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Stephanie Mullins – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

Our project began with a discussion of living and non-living things. The objective was to establish that, even though plants do not move, they are living things that have needs. Following this the students were introduced to seeds that were placed in special see-through containers, so students could observe and record the changes that were taking place daily. Our classroom contains a mini-greenhouse and a plant lab to help start the germination process of both flower and vegetable plants during the early spring months. Students were given their own Eco Plant Pal to journal and record changes in development. Throughout our project, we will be conducting experiments, such as comparing plants grown with and without sunlight, water and
soil, to discover the basic needs for plant growth. Students will be exposed to plant-related literature during reading and basic data collection, including measurement and writing during journaling. Our class, along with the other kindergarten classrooms, will be exposed to a variety of animal habitats to further strengthen the interdependent relationship among plants, animals, and humans. This session will include up-to-date progress of my kindergarten class is learning about what plants need to survive and grow. I will discuss how we are utilizing an indoor greenhouse and a plant lighthouse to help during the beginning stages of plant growth and development. I will also give an update on our outdoor gardens.