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Measurement and Data


K, 1st, 2nd


Science, Mathematics


15 minutes

Regional Focus



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Plant Growth: Measurement Journal

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May 3, 2024
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In this activity, students will plant seeds and make observations about plant growth. Students will measure plant growth using standard and non-standard units of measurement.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips
  • As a class or in small groups, students will plant their seeds. Be sure to mark each container with the student’s name. 

  • Measuring should take place every day or every other day. This can be done as a part of a center rotation or during free time. 

  • It will be helpful to gather students together at the end of the growing period to analyze the data they have collected. 

  • Prepare students that not all seeds may grow. It may be prudent to start a few extra plant cups, just in case.

  • Make a plan with students for what to do with the sprouts once the data has been collected. Possibilities include planting a garden at the school or taking the plant home. Invite students to determine the next steps for their plants. 

  • Students may share what they have learned through writing and/or drawing.

  • NOTE: Print as many pages for the journal as your students will need based on the growth time of the chosen plant.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 cup, jar, or plant pot per student or small group

  • potting soil

  • fast-growing seeds such as beans or watercress

  • measurement tools: paperclips, unifix cubes, ruler, measuring tape, etc

Scientist Notes

Students will learn about plants, how to grow them, and their significance to the environment and climate change. Students will be motivated to take care of the environment. This activity has passed the scientific review and teachers are advised to use it in the classroom.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • Science
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement (K-5)
      • 1.M.A.1 Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
      • 2.M.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
      • 2.M.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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