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Grass Growing Project Follow-Up & Week in Review

Dear Debi,
What can kids learn from a project that unfolds over time, such as observing grass grow?
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Debi Gutierrez
Debi Gutierrez
  • Measurement skills
  • Connection between numbers & quantity
  • Making numbers tangible
  • Pre-literacy skills
And don’t forget about the great things that we learned this week:
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In an earlier episode, we explained the process of grass growing. The next step of the project will be "Observation and Documentation."

Have your kids use magnifying glasses for them to see how the grass is growing, and ask them to document their observations in a steno pad. Your kids might be too young to write words, but they’re not too young to scribble or draw simple pictures of what they see. If they are too young to write, ask them to describe what they’ve drawn in their pictures.

You can help kids develop their measuring skills by asking them to measure the growth of the grass since the last time they checked. You can have them use different measuring tools, such as a ruler or a measuring tape. Since your kids might be too young to know all their numbers, you might provide alternative measuring tools, such as their building blocks. Kids can stack up blocks to see that the grass grew from less than two blocks to more than three blocks high.

Measuring helps expose them to math and makes numbers much more tangible. Repeat the observation and documentation of the growing grass over several weeks and lead a group discussion about what the children have written down in their steno pads.

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