4/5/13

Planting a Word Garden


Word Garden- Plant a word and help it grow!  Fun activity to teach sight words or letter sounds with a gardening theme. - Finding the Teachable Moments


We planted sight words this week!  As you can see in the picture above, I taped a sight word label to each seed packet.  Then to make it look like the seeds inside will grow into a "word flower," I wrote the sight word on the petals of the flowers in the picture.  To make the "seeds,"  I wrote one letter per bean and put all the corresponding beans into their seed packet.  

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Spell 

The boys took one seed packet at a time, emptied it out and spelled the word on the table.

Word Garden- Plant a word and help it grow!  Fun activity to teach sight words or letter sounds with a gardening theme. - Finding the Teachable Moments


Plant 

After spelling out the word, they "planted" the letters in a recycled water bottle.  

Word Garden- Plant a word and help it grow!  Fun activity to teach sight words or letter sounds with a gardening theme. - Finding the Teachable Moments



The "dirt" we used was actually a mix of baking soda, water and food coloring.  I wasn't crazy about the idea of giving my kids access to potting soil all week, so I was thrilled to find the idea of this "dirt" alternative from Growing a Jeweled Rose!



Sing 

You've heard that plants grow better when they are talked to (or sung to), right?  I told the kids to sing to their word flowers everyday to help them grow.  We sing our sight words every week anyway as part of Annie Moffatt's Ready 2 Read program, so this was a fun little twist. :)  

In case you're wondering, we sing to the tune of BINGO, "I know my sight word of the day and ____ is my sight word.  * * *  spells  ____ (3x's) and ____ is my sight word."




Word Garden- Plant a word and help it grow!  Fun activity to teach sight words or letter sounds with a gardening theme. - Finding the Teachable Moments

My two year old is learning letter sounds and to identify/match upper and lowercase letters, so she planted  uppercase and a lowercase Aa "seeds" and sang, "The A says /a/, the A says /a/.   Every letter makes a sound, the A says /a/." (To the tune of Farmer in the Dell- as in Leap Frog Letter Factory).



Learn 

I told them that singing wouldn't be enough, and that the word flowers wouldn't grow until they have been learned.  Sam pretended to read the directions on the back of one of the seed packets and said, "Yeah.  It says right here, you have to learn the word so the flower will grow." :)


Word Garden- Plant a word and help it grow!  Fun activity to teach sight words or letter sounds with a gardening theme. - Finding the Teachable Moments


As I felt they mastered a word, I surprised them with a new "word flower" bloom.  This was so much fun, I can't believe how much they got into it!  They eagerly went to the window to sing to their flowers unprompted,  and loved to wake up and see if they got any new flowers to bloom.  Pretty good motivators those flowers turned out to be! :)



We also played a word graphing game to go along with our word flower fun.

Roll and Count Flowers

I wrote the boys' words on the flowers of this cute graphing activity from 3 Dinosaurs.

Roll and Count Flowers

I really hadn't planned to do a gardening theme yet, it just kind of happened.  Ironic, given the wintry weather we've been having.  Now I think we will continue with it next week!




BOOKS:

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Flemming.  
We loved this book so much, it instantly sent me searching for more books by this author.  It is a fun read about Mr. McGreely's quest to plant a vegetable garden.  Unfortunately, he is outsmarted by three bunnies who like to "muncha muncha muncha!"  The kids and I both laughed out loud at Mr. McGreely's reactions, and at the surprise ending!

Jack's Garden by Henry Cole.
This is a must-read if you are learning about gardening.  It beautifully illustrates the various stages of planting and growing a garden.  This is one of those books that is good for preschoolers and older kids alike.

  
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21 comments :

  1. This is such a fun activity! Your word garden is way clever!

    I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF kid centered Linky Party that runs weekly on Friday: http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/04/tgif-linky-party-70.html

    Hope to see you linked up soon! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =)

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    1. Already linked up Beth, thank you so much for the invite and the sweet comment! :)

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  2. Wow, this is such a fun idea-I love it!

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  3. Love how you incorporated planting with reading. Perfect for the season! Pinning!

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  4. This is hands down the most clever activity that I have come across in ages! I am blown away by your creativity!!!!! :) I am absolutely pinning this! I love the idea of planting the sight word and the flower reinforcing the sight word with the words on the petals. AMAZING! What a great job!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Blayne!! Your comment made my day :)

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  5. What wonderful ideas! I love all the different ways you used the packets and beans.

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  6. Great activities, Tanya! And I love the language songs! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I pinned your post to my Gardening/Botany Unit Study Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/gardening-botany-unit-study/

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  7. What a neat idea for spring with great extension activities. Thanks for sharing this project!

    http://trilliummontessori.org/learning-about-bugs/

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  8. I love your word garden and word flowers! Such cleaver ideas! I just pinned both.

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  9. I am ALWAYS so excited to have new people sharing over at For the Kids Friday. This is such a fun and fabulous idea!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing it at SunScholars.com. I loved it so much, I am featuring YOU this week! I'm also sharing on Pinterest and my Facebook page. Stop by and grab a featured button so your friends will be jealous ;) Hope to have you back to share again soon!!

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  10. Super, Duper Clever! I am always thrilled with finding new creative ways to make learning FUN! Thanks so much for linking it up at TGIF!

    I am featuring this at TGIF today here: http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/04/tgif-linky-party-71.html

    Thanks again for sharing with all of us. Feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like and I hope to see you linked up again later today!
    Beth =)

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  11. Thanks for sharing with us on the Sunday Showcase. This was as awesome literacy & science activity - I featured you this week

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  12. I cannot even tell you how much I love this activity! Thanks so much for sharing it at Stress-Free Sunday. :)

    Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day!

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  13. Visiting from Tuesday Tots. My Family-Focused Monday hop is live now and I would love to see one of your awesome posts linked up @ www.mondaykidcorner.blogspot.com.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  14. I love this so much! What a great way to make learning sight words fun! I am featuring on Tuesday Tots tomorrow, and wanted to also thank you for linking back to our sensory dirt dough.

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  15. This is so cute! Not sure my kids would fall for it, but they would like the little song!

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  16. What a fun way to practice sight words!! I love the special addition of the sight word blossom to recognize mastery of the words...so motivational! Thanks for linking this post to Discover and Explore. I hope you'll be back to share for our museum theme this week.

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