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From Seed to Plant

The ESP unit From Seed to Plant is newly revised. The new version has a number of additional resources including a CD with resources such as assessments, read alouds, and leveled readers.

In addition, there are several videos to assist teachers with this unit that can be streamed from the ESP Website.

Teachers using the ESP From Seed to Plant kit will find the assessments and leveled readers on additional Webpages. Access to these tools requires the password provided in your kit.

TIP: ESP ships dry potting soil. To moisten the soil before use, place the plastic bag of soil in a bucket or sink. Open the bag a small amount at one end and run water into the bag directly from the tap. Let sit overnight.

TIP: What is the most common classroom problem when students are growing and studying plants? Overwatering! Containers used to grow plants in the classroom should always have drainage holes. If they don't, use a sharp pencil to poke 2 or 3 holes in the side of the container near the bottom. Then place the container on a tray to keep excess water from making a mess. Most plants should not be watered more than once a week.

There are many good Internet resources for classes studying plants.

Why do many plants have leaves?

Why do many plants have flowers?

Plant Adaptations are interesting things to investigate at any age.

Visit Botanical Record Breakers for some really unusual plant facts (adult reading level).

Visit the Natural Perspective: Plant Kingdom page to learn a little about different kinds of plants.

The Great Plant Escape has some fun mysteries to solve to learn more about plants.

National Gardening Association has indoor and outdoor gardening resources. For resources more specifically tuned to upstate New York, visit Rochester Gardening. Propagation has good resources on how to get new plants from seed or pieces of plants.

Iowa State University Extension's Home Horticulture pages are also quite useful for indoor and outdoor gardening information, as is the Virginia Extension Service's Home Gardening pages. In fact, your Cooperative Extension Service has extensive resources on plants and other subjects.

Thinking about a school garden? Visit KinderGARDEN for ideas and information on how to do it. For ideas about using gardens to learn about history, different cultures around the world, and other topics, visit the Smithsonian Institution's Seeds of Change site.

Our Past Activities of the Month have many plant resources. If students want to try growing seeds from some of the fruits in their lunches, visit our page on "Mistreating Seeds" for tips for getting them to grow. Visit our "Traveling Seeds" page for information on how seeds get from one place to another.

See also our student booklist for plants.

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