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Early Childhood Education Program Preprimary Lesson Plan Name: Paul Knight

Date: 12/14/2010

Age/Grade: 4-5 y/o

Name of Lesson and Subject Area(s): Sorting Seeds, Mathematics Format/Grouping: Small groups during free choice time Time required: 15-25 minutes

Materials needed: Bowls of seeds with a variety of properties, trays, camera and clipboard with writing materials for teachers Activity/Material Preparation Necessary: Ensure that each bowl holds a variety of seeds, have cameras and writing materials ready

Goal (Purpose): Students will explore the properties of different types of seeds.

Objectives: Children will identify the similarities and differences of a variety of seeds including sunflower, apple, bean, pumpkin, avocado and squash seeds. Key Vocabulary: Big, small, medium, pattern, color

Anticipatory Set/Connection to Prior Knowledge: The children have shown interest in gardening in the past few weeks. In the Science Area, children planted bean seeds in glass pots to see the growing process. Some children observed that the seeds looked different than others they had seen. Before the current activity, we read Dianna Hutts Aston’s “A Seed is Sleepy.” As with previous books, some children noted that different plants come from different seeds. Learning Experience/Procedures:  The children will sit at a table in small groups with a supervising teacher.  Each child will be given a tray which they can use to sort their seeds on.  The teacher will place a bowl of the different seeds in the middle of the table.  The children will work to find seeds which contain similarities and differences.  After sorting their seeds, teachers will take a photo of the children with their findings.  The children can dictate to the teacher which properties they observed to sort their seeds. Individualization(s): For our child with ADHD, the instructions will be broken down to allow them to focus on the task at hand. The teacher will help facilitate this process. They will be provided a small number of seeds at a time which they can group based on their properties. Redirection and inquisition will be used to help keep the child engaged. Closure: After sorting their seeds, the children can talk to the supervising teacher about the different properties they found and sorted by. The teacher can document their findings during these conversations. As the children leave the area, more children can join the activity. Assessment: The children’s findings will be assessed through observation and documentation, done with cameras and scribing their dictation. These findings will be displayed in the classroom. Benchmark(s) for State Standard:  8.A.EC Mathematics: Sort and classify objects by a variety of properties  7.C.EC Mathematics: Show understanding of and use comparative words

Seed Sorting  

Building math concepts through the exploration of seeds.