We grew plants in what?!?!

Happy Monday!
Most years, my students have grown seeds in ziploc
bags with a wet paper towel.
Some years it worked fine, others not so much. :(
I came across this post by 2 Busy Brunettes that showed
another way to grow seeds, and the best part was the students
would be able to see EVERY part of the process and EVERY part
of their growing seed.
Go here to check thier blog post on growing seeds in....

CD cases!
Yep it worked so well I will definitely not go back to ziplocs, or little
cups, or anything else.

 My students could see all parts of the life cycle, including germination and
their little seeds growing roots. They loved it!

 The CD cases were so easy to prep. My student teacher actually brought
these from her house...and we popped the black piece right out, that actually
holds the CD, so then it was just the clear case.
It leaves an opening that is perfect for watering your seed without actually
opening the case....because that would be extremely messy!

I'm sure you have or know someone who has CD cases laying around since
no one really has a use for them now anyways!
Just put your CDs in a soft case that holds several and then you
can grow seeds in the cases.

 About every other day, we watered our seeds and wrote and drew an observation
of our seeds. I had two students share a seed, so we had about 10 CD cases
We also made an extra one that we put in the refrigerator to observe how
cold temperatures affect seed growth.

Besides the observation journal, we also used these activities to learn about plants...

I know there are some AMAZING resources out right now by other
teachers about Plants {I own some of them!},
 but if you are looking for something else
to add to your files, you can pick up all these activities in my new
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I've already started filling up my cart on TpT for the big sale, which actually starts
tomorrow on TpT to get the extra 8% off using code TAD13, but many sellers
are starting the sale early and I think that is SO convenient.
I'm basically buying things I now know I want/need for next year since
now I've seen what my whole year looks like teaching 1st grade.
I'm sure I would forget which products I want if I waited until August
so this sale has definitely come at the right time!
Have a great week and happy shopping!


  1. What a brilliant idea! I just pinned this for next year! :)

    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

  2. How cool is that?! I totally pinned this, too. I'm definitely trying this out next year. Thanks for sharing!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  3. I shared this link with G's teacher for potential future use!

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