In Science we started our unit of Plants. First, we noted down on a chart all we knew about plants, then we asked meaningful questions about what we want to know. Based on the lovely "Flower Garden" story by Eve Bunting, we learned the steps of transplanting a flower. We examined the parts and needs of a plant as well. After that, our scientific inquiry went towards cacti and we were really curious to find out why they don't have leaves, how do they grow, how can they survive in the hot desert, what is inside them, how tall they can grow....just to name few.
We have started our learning journey reading various books about the desert environment and the cacti (non-fiction reading). We have been enjoying reading books in our classroom library and during small group guided reading sessions. New pictures and facts appeared on our Desert Padlet wall as well. We have found lot of interesting facts about the cactus and we also started to build a "desert" in the classroom decorated with beautiful cacti of various size, shape and type. Thank you for your contribution. We love to examine and take care of them.
We also found out that some cacti have edible fruits, like the Prickly Pear Cactus or the Dragon Fruit Cactus. Today we researched the Prickly Pear Cactus and learned how to eat the tricky prickly pear fruit (also called cactus fig or tuna). Some of us didn't like it but some of us ate it all up. Finally, we summarized our new knowledge and wrote a "How-To Eat the Prickly Pear" book (non-fiction writing). BEWARE!!! Do not touch with bare hands or wear thick gloves! :)