We had so much fun planting last week! It’s an undertaking – don’t get me wrong. I had dirt in my hair, under my finger nails, and all over my classroom. I got that no-you-did-not-get-dirt-absolutely-everywhere look from my custodian. I will need be buying him a nice little end of the year present. If you are a scared of the dirty teacher – no fear. I am too. But there is a way to prevent this activity from becoming an all out dirtsation – just a little planning and a little organization. A match made in heaven – what can planning and organization not triumph over when put together? You are right – nothing. They always win.
Here is how we attacked plantathon 2013:
This activity can really stretch the gamut of skills. For my higher functioning students, we worked on following multiple step directions, measure, vocabulary, and social skills during the planting process. Then we followed up this activity with a writing activity that incorporated sequencing and comprehension. For my lower functioning students, we worked on following single step directions, requesting, and fine motor skills. Check out my planting unit post for the range of planting activities we are doing this month!