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The Mid-May Nature Guide features the ubiquitous dandelion which also serves as the inspiration for this simple outdoor activity designed for young children. Dandelion blooms indicate the soil is warming up and are a sure sign that spring has definitely arrived. In this inquiry students explore some of the variables effecting plant growth. After identifying a dandelion plant growing in the school yard, students perform simple tests to determine some of the factors effecting its growth.
This simple inquiry offers a meaningful outdoor learning activity ideally suited for young children. It fits nicely with those outcomes related to ‘appreciating nature’ as well as ‘plant growth and changes’. The inquiry is very simple in its design and bound to raise more questions than it answers. Teachers will need to be prepared to provide both pre and post activity support. The video Dandelion Life Cycle is an excellent companion to this resource
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