While doing some end-of-the-year shopping on Lakeshore Learning’s website, I found these classroom window greenhouses that are simply perfect for use in my children’s area. I am saving them to use this spring, but I’m very excited to do some programming with them. What better way to take STEM literally than by growing some (pardon my pun) stems at the library?
Because the size of my library’s storytime crowd is too large to do this as a storytime activity, I am planning to create a passive program that families can interact with any time they are in the library.
Right now I have lots of ideas bouncing around, but no concrete plan. Here are some of the ideas I have so far:
- Grow different types of seeds, and provide pictures for families to try and identify the seed types to encourage research and comparison.
- Grow multiples of the same type of seed so families can compare growth rate, health, etc.
- Have a ‘race’ to see which seed sprouts the fastest or grow the tallest during a set amount of time to encourage families to keep coming back.
- Create charts that label the parts of seeds and the different stages of growth to build scientific vocabulary and encourage critical thinking. What stage is this seed at? What is that part called?
- Create a puzzle or worksheets to have out with the different parts of a seedling listed
- Have a ‘contest’ where kids can design their own seeds and the plants that will grow from them–display their work
- Provide worksheets for families to draw pictures of the seeds, the seedlings, and what they imagine the full-grown plant will look like.
- Have a display of books about seeds and plants so families can take something home and keep learning.
Outstanding Seed Books:
- From Seed to Sunflower (How Things Grow) by Sally Morgan
- What Kinds of Seeds are These? By Heidi Bee Roemer, illustrated by Olena Kassian
- One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge and Karen Patkau
- The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
What else can we do? Share your ideas!
Our guest blogger today is Anna Haase Krueger. Anna is a librarian, blogger, and SLJ picture book reviewer. She has recently joined the stellar group of children’s librarians at Ramsey County Library in MN. She blogs at Future Librarian Superhero and can be found on Twitter as @opinionsbyanna
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