Bean Exploration at Cornelia Elementary

First graders at Cornelia Elementary are learning about plant parts and plant needs. Their teachers incorporated a farm to school lesson to help extend their learning.  Students dissected pinto beans (that had been soaked in water overnight) and explored what they found inside.  To help engage with the scientific “habits of mind” that Georgia state standards require, students formed hypotheses and drew pictures about what they thought might be inside their pinto bean (hypotheses ranged from “lots of little seeds” to “goopey stuff” to “a tiny little man living inside”).  After dissection and the discovery of bean plant embryos, students drew a picture representing what their pinto bean actually looked like on the inside.  The lesson concluded with a read-aloud of One Bean by Anne Rockwell, identifying plant parts and plant needs throughout the story.


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