Spotlight this week: March 30-April 3rd
Activity 1: Plant Parts - Roots
Basic parts of most all plants are roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.
The roots help provide support by anchoring the plant and absorbing water and nutrients needed for growth. They can also store sugars and carbohydrates that the plant uses to carry out other functions. Plants can have either a taproot system (such as carrots) or a fibrous root system (such as turf grass). In both cases, the roots are what carries the water and nutrients needed for plants to grow.
Roots help to absorb nutrients from the soil. Take a look at Case 2: Soiled Again
Try doing Case 2: Soiled Again of The Great Plant Escape! Learn how soil can help (or not help plants)
Activity 2: Adaptations of Meat-eating plants
Watch Dr. Bionics show on Carnivorous plants.
When you finish think/discuss:
How are carnivorous plants different than regular plants?
Why do carnivorous plants eat insect? (this is their adaptation)
How might pesticides (sprays that kill insects) affect a carnivorous plant?
Activity 3: Bugs Beware!
On GetEpic read Meat-Eating Plants: Toothless Wonders, as you go through try to find different text features (caption, headings, diagrams, bold print words). Choose your favorite meat-eating plant. Write down facts about this plant. You will use this to make your BEWARE poster project!
Make a “BEWARE” poster for your plant. You will want to include: how it catches insects, what it looks like, and where you can find them! (Take a look at my example) Make sure to create an illustration and give your plant an infamous outlaw name! Can’t wait to see your ideas J
Activity 4: Thinking about carnivorous plants
Listen to Brains on! Podcast about carnivorous plants. Before you begin, get a sheet of paper, pencil, pen, crayons etc.
As you’re listening draw or write what thoughts or questions you have. If you don’t need to doodle, Don’t! Its all up to you. Just make sure to listen J
Share your doodle notes through remind. What questions do you still have? What did you learn new in the podcast? Was anything surprising to you?
Activity 5: Green Thumb Guide
Choose a carnivorous plant and create a “Growing Guide” for other owners. What will the plant need?
*If you’re interested in learning about growing different kinds of plants check this out:
Go to this article on Green Fingered George
Activity 6: Carnivorous Creations
Choose a type of carnivorous plant: pitfall traps, flypaper traps, bladder traps, pitcher traps, snap trap, or lobster trap. Need a reminder about each one?
Create a brand new type of carnivorous plant! You can use whatever art materials you have at home! Want to make it 3d? You can use paper plates, cups, coffee filters, or whatever you have available. On your creation make sure to include:
Name of your new plant
Where it can be found
How it catches its prey
Make sure to take a picture and email or send through remind! I will post them to my website for everyone to see!
Chess: If you need a chesskid.com account (they’re free) message me on remind. My new remind is @ h228b92 to 81010
Spotlighters: I know you are all in different places. Some of you know chess from playing at home. This is a site that will allow you to play (if you’re ready) or helps you to learn new pieces. Even if you do know the pieces, going back over the videos is always a good idea!
If you do know all of the pieces, I suggest you try puzzles! They are will put you in the middle of a game and ask you to figure out the best move from there. Some are simple but some are very challenging!
Review of pieces:
This week I've continued with our plant adaptation unit. I have divided this week up into activities rather than a list. These activities are optional and can be done in any order. My goal was to keep this simple, while still reaching all my different learners.
I plan to send challenges via REMIND every week. Sometimes I will challenge students with a logic puzzle or brainteaser. Other times challenges may come from an online activity and these sites can be found below. Students who reply with the correct answer (or challenge me and win at a game of chess) throughout the week will be listed on my website's Brag Board!
In an effort to consolidate my Remind, I apparently deleted my Spotlight group! So sorry for this mistake! Please sign up for new group by texting @h228b92 to 81010
*If you need a code to access Epic, please send me a message. I'll happily send my code!
* Make sure you are following us on Facebook: HHES Spotlight! We are sharing a variety of activities there as well!
* Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Also, please feel free to send me pictures, videos or messages! I would LOVE to see what y’all are working on each week!
Websites to check out:
Brains on! (One of the best science podcast for kids in elementary!)
www.biglifekids.org (this is a WONDERFUL website!)
For little scientists-
Challenging classroom review-
About Mrs. Graves…..
My name is Casey Graves and this will be my 10th year in the crazy and wonderful world of teaching. I earned my degree in Theatre and Elementary Education at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. Last year, I completed my masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Christian Brothers University. I have been both a 3rd and 2nd grade teacher and joined the Spotlight community last year. I’m very excited to get to work with these bright and talented students. I’m a teacher who enjoys trying new things that interest and challenge my students.
I’m married to Logan Graves who teaches Biology at Lewisburg High School. We are major animal lovers and have a housefull! We have 3 dogs- a lab (Baloo), a pug (Olive), and a very cranky cocker spaniel (Lady).
HHES: (662) 421-9117