I chose three types of seeds, two the students have seen before, and one they hadn't. I wanted some familiarity with the process, and I wanted them to know that they have eaten the beans before :)
Next I prepared folders with jobs for students. They rotate, so there isn't much argument. The alternate takes the place of anyone who is absent even if there are two or three people out. If the alternate is out, the leader takes over. It is really important to explain all of the jobs at the beginning specifically, and have the students repeat what each job does. I also made signs that went on each crate for the cups. We have already lost one though, so I would suggest using rings with holes punched in the signs.
The recorder records what the person who measures finds.
|Using their "fancy" words like moist.|
|Love this close up of their descriptions!|
The plant feeder, waters the plant with medicine droppers.
|This is how they get their water. Its easy, and the cleanup is minimal.|
The leader makes sure everyone completes their jobs, and starts the discussion about what is happening with the seeds/plants. They also have the jobs of taking the plants outside, and reminding me to bring them in before we leave. (This has resulted in a reminder text message from a six year old that was greatly appreciated, otherwise our plants would have drowned in the rain. * They take their jobs seriously.)
The plant "measurer" measures each plant, and relays the message to the recorder, who writes what the students see. It can include inches or centimeters of the plants.