Collaborative Cultivators

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Fourth-graders at Baylis Elementary School tapped into their observation skills during their “Plant Growth and Development” unit of study. After careful organization and preparation, students planted Wisconsin Fast Plants in learning stations. The seeds were developed through selective breeding to move through the life cycle of a plant in just six weeks. For optimal growth, students used effective planting techniques involving careful placement of the seeds, as well as adding just the right amount of soil and fertilizer pellets. They used forceps to ensure the seeds were properly placed in the soil and droppers to provide the precise amount of water.

According to teacher Josephine Amodeo, the fourth-graders enjoyed working together and helping one another through each station. Throughout this study, students used their inquiry and process skills to collect data on the growth of their plants, making daily observations, recording them through drawings and descriptions, and sharing their findings and questions.