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Students Grow Plants for Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is growing closer. Students in Mrs. Kelemen’s second grade class at Parker Elementary School are literally growing gifts for their mothers! Students have been learning about how seeds and plants  grow and the various components that make up the plant. Flowers and vegetables such as squash and beans have been planted by the students and are growing in the classroom. The flowers will be gifts for their mothers.  

Students also made a science box garden that they use for scientific observation. Some observations the students made are:

  • The radish seeds were the smallest seeds planted but they sprouted first.
  • The roots have a slight radish smell to them already.
  • The peas need to cling to sticks to support the stems.
  • The corn stems are the sturdiest of the four vegetables in the garden, and they stand straight and tall.  
  • The sunflowers have long roots and fairly strong stems.

The plants are dug up periodically so that students can observe how the roots are growing. There’s always discussion about which plant to dig up!  Students decide if they want to see the roots of the tallest plant or to save the tallest plant and watch its stem grow taller.

Mrs. Kelemen said, “Gardening can help educate students in several areas including math and science.  Students make many predictions and observations about the plants. They also learn responsibility and more understanding of how our food is grown. The discussions are rich and the learning is greater when students have hands-on experience with the plants.”

Student Julianna Zarcone said, “I have really enjoyed learning about plants. My favorite part has been watching the plant’s roots grow. I cannot believe how quickly the plants have grown! I am excited to give my mom the flower I grew too.”

Students are excited about taking their marigolds home on Friday, May 11th, so that they can give their moms a special Mother’s Day gift!



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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Cortland, NY 13045

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