We got a new plant in our room, which looked very similar to one we have had in the Art center since the beginning of the year. Today we compared them:
Adam: The leaves are plastic. The stem is hard plastic. The leaves are knitted.
Arwyn: One has stones. The other has dirt.
Siena: The flower buds on that one have lines on them. The other ones are more plain. The dirt stuff looks very different. It is soft and squishy like leaves and stuff.
Nora after feeling both plants: This one is fake. It's plastic. And the other one is real. It's softer. The stem is sticky. Gooey. The leaf on this plant feels hard. This one feels dusty.
Johnny: I know why it has those things now on the stem. It's so it grows straight.
Aubrey: I knew that one was fake because I could see the light through the leaves.
Aubrey after smelling the plants: This smells like nothing. This one smells kind of more natural.
Adam: That one is more real. Realistic. It smells more.
Siena: That one has a life.
Aubrey: And it has a life cycle.
Siena: The one on the left will change. It started as a seed and then it grew leaves and a stem. And then it grew flowers. And now it's tall.
Aubrey: After it finishes growing, it will die.
Arwyn: You have to take care of the real flower. You need to put water and dirt. It needs sun, but not too, too much sun.
Ms Leah brought out a banana tree. We decided it needed soil, water and some sun. We took it out to the garden and found a nice place to plant it nearby.
Siena: Careful not to plant it too close to these big roots, because they will take all of the water and nutrients from the soil.
We also found a little critter in the soil.
Shotaro: It's an earthworm.
Johnny: No, it's a millipede.
We put it in a container filled with soil and brought it into the classroom for a closer look.
Hopefully our banana tree will grow big and strong and bear lots of fruit!