Last week, I shared with you how we are studying Exploring Creation with Botany by Apologia and gave you an outline of how we approach each lesson as well as the PowerPoint review and a printable plan for Lesson 1.
Today, I am covering the second half of Lesson 1 and Lesson 2.
Lesson 1 just seemed extra long for me. By dividing it in half, I was able to spend more time with the children searching for leaves, and we also tossed in an extra experiment with some celery.
Is celery vascular?
Find out by cutting celery stalks and placing them in water tinted with red food coloring. After about a day or two, you will notive the veins in the celery turn red. If you wait two more days, you will see the veins in the leaves turn red.
The children loved checking our celery with their magnifying glasses and it worked perfectly with the lesson.
Science is supposed to be hands-on and so we did as many active projects as we could with the lesson. The children loved watching the napkin soak up the water as an example of how a nonvascular plant absorbs water.
They also wandered the yard looking for different leaves and then returned inside where we looked at the leaves with a magnifying glass. I asked each child to point out the midrib on the leaf.
And, just because I already had some peanuts in the cabinet, we took a closer look at pods and had a little snack too.
We have not gotten to Lesson 2 yet but I have it ready for you below so that you do not have to wait on us!
Free Downloads for You ~
- Botany Lesson Review 1b (PowerPoint)
- Apologia Lesson Plan 1B (PDF)
- Botany Lesson Review 2 (PowerPoint)
- Apologia Lesson Plan 2 (PDF)
- Botany Lapbook Template_Lessons 1-2 (PDF)
- Apologia Lesson Plan 3 (PDF)