Observing plant growth while integrating math and science. The perfect connection!

26th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 9 Comments

Measuring plants with unifix cubes

My first grade students are enjoying a unit of study about plant life.  Students have made and recorded daily observations of plant growth in their science journals. 

In the photo you will see students using unifix cubes to measure the height of their plants.  We are currently in the process of transplanting our class seedlings to planter boxes and place them outside the classroom in order to continue observation of plant growth.  The students are anxiously awaiting blooms on the kidney beans, marvel peas, sunflowers, and pumpkin plants.

Submitted by Susan Jenkins

Elementary Teacher

Greensboro, NC

What observations can you gather from this activity in your classroom? Post your ideas for integrating this inquiry activity into your classroom below.



April 28th, 2010 at 11:32 am    

1st grade student

We planted alot of them at our house my dad i think is going to buy more this weekend. My plant is about 20 unifix cubes long. We are planting a tree outside it is going to get bigger and bigger it is going to grow new leaves it lookes like it is dead but it is not. I am going to get a book about plants at the public libary and i am going to look at sum on the computer. I love plants so much i mite buy more. I hope mines growes really really really big i hpe you visit.


April 28th, 2010 at 11:39 am    

1st grade student

We planted seeds.They use to be small but now they are big.the kidniey plant has big leaves than the other plant.i see some beens.And some buds.The buds are making the beens.The buds are white.Some of the beens are still small and some are gitting relly big.Ifwe get to take them home I will pick the beens and invite my friends. And maybe my mom will cook the beens and we can have them for dinner. maybe we are going to take them home for mothers day.i like to plant plants they are fun to wach thank you so much. i love plants. they are fun.


April 28th, 2010 at 11:50 am    

1st grade student

We planted seeds in little cups,but when it gets bigger we’re going to put it in the grass outside.We learned that sporrs make the mosses grow and that grownup guppies eat baby guppies so we put the baby guppies in a different container away from the grownup guppies.We took the plants from last time home with us.Mine died because I axadently forgot to water it but I did leave it in the sun.I had fun doing sience with you.

Sammie Lotz

April 28th, 2010 at 12:00 pm    

Thanks for sharing Tiana! You have learned a lot about living things, especially that they need water to live.

Sammie Lotz

April 28th, 2010 at 12:03 pm    

Salma, you have made some wonderful observations of your seeds and plants. I would love to see a picture of your buds that make the beans.

Can you send me a picture?

How do you know that their are beans in the buds? That will be nice to share your wonderful beans with your friends. Yummy!

Photo added on July 6, 2010

Sammie Lotz

April 28th, 2010 at 12:06 pm    

Connor, that is great that you and your dad are planting plants at your house! 20 unifix cubes is really long but a great tool to measure with. I would love to see a picture of you and your plant.

Can you explain to me why your plant looks dead? What words can you use to describe your observations?

I am so proud of you for going to the public library to read more about plants and researching it on the computer. You are such a smart boy and I am glad that you are enjoying science class.

Conner replied on 4/18/2010

Dear Ms. Sammie,
we had white oak trees in our planters on the patio.It looked dead because it had dead leafs on it pretekting it. the picture shows that it has buds on it if you look closs at it.

Photo added on July 6, 2010


April 28th, 2010 at 1:21 pm    

1st grade student

are plant’s have been doing good. are marvle peas even have peas on them.

sensirly loren
p.s. we planted white oke tree’s too.


April 28th, 2010 at 2:07 pm    

1st grade student

the plants have ben well and thay have grew and we lerned abat them salma took a pekcher of them


April 28th, 2010 at 2:15 pm    

1st grade student

WE are growing whiteoak trees on our patto so we can have a big whiteoak trees inthe grass .

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