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Grass Growing Project Finale & Week in Review

Dear Debi,
What can kids learn from a project, like growing grass, that unfolds over time?
Debi's Tips
Debi Gutierrez
Debi Gutierrez
  • Observation skills
  • Math skills
  • Pre-literacy and pre-writing
  • Working together
And don’t forget about the great things that we learned this week:
Guest Advice
Provider for 5 Years
Projects that unfold over time are important for our kids because they can observe firsthand the evolution of an activity day by day. A project as simple as growing grass can teach children a lot about nature. In an earlier episode the process of growing grass was explained. The next step of the project was observation and documentation, which we discussed in a follow-up episode.

Now that the grass is grown and you’ve had the kids measure and document the growth of the grass over a few weeks, you may be wondering what to do next. Because this project has been very participatory, ask your kids what they would like to see done with the grass. Perhaps they would like to see the grass transplanted to a lawn. Maybe each of the kids would like to take home with them a part of the grass project. You can divide the grass into sections and place the grass and the soil into a small plastic planter for the children to take home with them.

Before ending the activity, recap with the children all the steps you took in your grass-growing activity. Ask them to review their journals and their measurement charts. Lead a discussion with them about everything they’ve learned. Perhaps the children might even come up with another activity, which develops over time, such as caterpillars transforming into butterflies.

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