Saturday, April 27, 2013

Please Label Your Parts... A Lima Bean Pictorial and Cut and Paste Freebie!



As you move along during your Plant Unit your beans will begin to grow and once they start sprouting leaves I like to create a pictorial (GLAD strategy ) in front of my students so we can talk about the parts of the plant and what it needs to grow.Use large chart paper for this. Remember to just outline your picture in light pencil so you can draw it with marker or crayons while the students are watching and you are talking and confirming their knowledge of  each part. Add the details of the picture by asking questions such as, "What does our bean need so it will grow?" and you can even invite students up to add rain, sun, soil, etc. This will keep them more engaged as you are working on the pictorial. Some teachers allow students to color the pictorial later but often I just fill in the color with scrapbooking chalk which fills it with color quickly and effectively. I love the soft look of this. Be sure to label the parts to build academic vocabulary and review this daily, adding on as you see fit.
At this time I often hand out white boards and markers and do a guided drawing of this with the children. Sometimes I will do it the following day as a review.
The follow up to this is a cut and paste that the children do independently after we have gone over the parts of the lima bean plant numerous times. They have to follow the key on the right to color it properly and this is  ideal for reviewing color words. Have you "bean" growing lima beans in your room? I hope so! Would you like this little cut and paste? Click here but please remember to leave a comment and share your planting ideas. Thanks so much.

14 comments:

sheila said...

Wow! Thanks for this freebie. we are just starting our plant unit, so this will come in very handy. We actually plant 4 different kinds of seeds and compare and contrast the seeds and make predictions about what will happen when we plant them. Thanks again for sharing.

Cindy said...

Thank you for the great freebie! We plant lima beans in clear plastic cups so it is easy to observe the roots. They predict, observe and record in a mini science journal.

Fran Kramer said...

Hey Cindy,
That was going to be my next freebie. I cannot wait to hear how your beans do. The kids are loving this stuff. Miss you,
Fran

Juliana Jett said...

So cute and easy for kinders to do! Thanks for sharing!

laura said...

thanks for sharing the plant labeling. we are into plants and will use it this week.
laura

Stephan White said...

This will keep them more engaged as you are working on the pictorial.
Glyn Willmoth

kkaberle said...

You have great timing! My class will be planting seeds soon and I will be able to use your great ideas. Thanks so very much for sharing!

Emilie Davenport said...

Thanks for sharing the tip about scrap book chalk. I hate taking up precious time while I color, but sometime they need a good model to look at. I take it that this type of chalk does not need to sprayed like artist chalk. Thanks again.

youngprekteacher said...

Thanks so much for all you share with other teachers. You truly have a gift! I love pinning your ideas.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing. We are planting our beans this week so this will be perfect

Kirstin McGinnis said...

So cool! I have been thinking about expanding on my plants unit - I usually do flowers - but lima beans puts a fresh new twist on things. Thanks for the fantastic ideas - you rock! :o)

Kirstin
Bright Bulldogs
TPT

aprilmae said...

Our beans are just now sprouting! We have lima, green, black, and radish seeds, but this will complement perfectly. Thank you!

Michele said...

Thanks for all of the bean freebies! I love doing the lima bean in a bag project and now with the greenhouse frame they will be even better! This year I bought carrots cut the top off (where there used to be leaves) put the tops in a shallow bowl of water and the leaves grew back. The children thought it was so cool:)

Monika Sosnowski said...

Thanks for the great freebie! I am using it for my observation tomorrow as part of the final assessment for my first graders.