science education

Exploring Nature Science Education Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12

Plant Your Name - Growing Activity

Gardening is a great way to start kids learning about plants, seasons, Earth's cycles and nature. The Plant Yor Name growing activity is an easy introduction to gardening that will also quite literally give kids a sense of ownership to their garden patch. This activity can be done on a cookie sheet any time of year, but is alos a great summer outdoor activity as well. If you decide to try it outside, you will not need all the materials listed below – just the seeds, floss and a small plot of soil in the sun.

Plant Your Name

Materials:

  • an inexpensive cookie sheet
  • potting soil
  • flower seeds (something short and colorful like alyssum).
  • dental floss
  • newspaper to cover work surface


Activity:
1. Fill the cookie sheet with potting soil.
2. Tear off pieces of dental floss to outline your name on the soil.
3. Sprinkle seeds over the floss.
4. Carefully lift away the floss.
5. Sprinkle enough extra soil over the seeds to cover them.
6. Water very gently.
7. Put the tray in the sun.
8. Water if it gets dry (carefully).

Recommended Books & Products

Drawing Book
For learning to draw common forest animals, ask your librarian for Drawing Adirondack Wildlife (Exploring Nature Educational Resource Press).

Plant Your Name

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Plant Your Name - Growing Activity" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2017. October 19, 2017
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/1387 >

Exploringnature.org has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar