We finished Lesson 2 on seeds today, but I felt my boys (and I) needed extra review because the germination process is rather complicated, and the vocabulary is plentiful.
The other day, the boys completed this labeling exercise from a workbook I own:
Everyday, we review what three things are necessary for a seed to germinate (warmth, moisture and air). We also review daily the parts of a seed and the germination process. After Googling for great seed photos, I found the most helpful website to be http://www.biology-resources.com. I copied two photos from this website into word and added labeling lines. You can download a blank copy here.
Here is a completed sample:
I soaked two bean seeds over night and gave one to each of the boys today. With a magnifying glass, we were able to remove the testa and clearly see the plumule, radicle, and cotyledons. They also drew pictures of a monocot (corn) and dicot (bean).
The boys then traced the germination process with resources from Ellen McHenry's Germination Stencils project. I did not want to deal with making stencils, so the boys used a light box (one of my most favorite homeschooling items!) to trace the one she provides and color it with colored pencils. We are including these in our lapbook from Knowledge Box Central. I will show lapbook samples once we have completed Lesson 5.
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In conclusion, we watched the fabulous time-lapse videos from here.