They had an opportunity to get an up close look at a plant as they worked with a lab partner as a student scientist. In their second visit to us, students learned about leaves and that plants make their own food through photosynthesis and they had a chance to see real experiments about oxygen and carbon dioxide. In their third visit, students learned about the vascular system of plants and studied roots and stems. They examined xylem and phloem and watched a stem feed a flower. Finally, in their last visit, students learned about the reason for a flower and how plants make seeds. They examined a dissected flower so that they could observe the inside of the flower.
Parts of a Plant
In Second Grade, Texas students must learn the parts of a plant. In our 4 part program for the second grade, we supported the classroom teacher through some hands on work and “practical magic.” We hoped to inspire young students to develop an interest in science at an early age. The 2nd Graders visited us at our building on Fair Street four times during the school year. In their first visit, they learned about scientists and the scientific method. Then they had an opportunity to practice the basic scientific skills of observation and note taking.