Grade Level: Kindergarten

Student Groupings: The students will be put in groups of four.

Materials/Resources/Technology: The teacher needs to bring seeds, water buckets, hoes and get permission from the school to plant a garden somewhere on campus.

California State Standard: According to the California State Board of Education, I am demonstrating this Earth science concept: “Students know changes in weather occur from day to day and across seasons, affecting Earth and its inhabitants”.

Lesson Objectives:  Students will learn how the Earth’s climate changes from season to season and how it affects the Earth's inhabitants like flowers.

Concept: The essential questions that will be answered with this activity are as follows:

1) How do you plant a seed?

2) How long does it take for a seed to grow through the soil?

3) How did the weather effect the time it took for the seed to grow?

4) How did the weather affect the life of the plant as the seasons changed?

Assessment: The students will create a garden and they will watch how the flowers grow and how the Earth's climate affects it.

Lesson Procedures: 

    1. The teacher will bring the water buckets, seeds and hoes out the garden ahead of time.  Now the teacher will take her students to the garden in order to get ready to plant.  She will then divide all the children into groups of four to work together.  This should take about 10-15 minutes.                                    
    2. Now the teacher will demonstrate to the students how to dig a little hole and place their seed in the dirt.  Now the teacher will cover the seed with the dirt and water it.  The children now follow the teacher’s example. The teacher will be walking around helping the students at this time. When the students have finished the children help bring the materials back to class. This process should take about a half an hour. 
    3. The last thing to do is watch the seed grow periodically over the next four months.  This way the children will see how the plant grew over the seasons.  They will witness how the weather affected the plant throughout the months.  The children will keep a plant journal to document what they see over the seasons.  This whole process should take approximately four months. 


  1. My lesson plan addressed SDAIE by using real objects and materials, and making the children work in groups to collaborate with each other.
  2. My lesson plan addressed students with disabilities by working in groups in order to let other students help them. Also the teacher will be walking around the room helping people individually with any problems.
  3. The students can apply what they learned to everyday life because they now understand how the weather affects the Earth and its inhabitants.


Title: California State Board of Education Website,


Author: California State Board of Education

Publisher: California State Board of Education

Year of Resource: 2005

Date Accessed: February 21, 2006


Title: STAIE Handbook


Author: John Gulack and Sandy Silverstein

Publisher: CSU Pamona

Year of Resource: 1997

Date Accessed: February 21, 2006