Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Caring for your Seedlings

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Accurately describe the proper care of an oak seedling.
  • Describe the elements that plants need in order to grow.

Time: 30 minutes weekly


For each student:

For the class:

  • Poster making materials


Distribute, read and discuss Caring for your Seedling. Check to make sure that your seedlings are in a good location in the classroom (adequate light, no drafts).

Time permitting, have students work in groups to create posters with the seedling care reminders (as outlined in the reading selection) to reinforce care procedures.

Students should monitor and graph the rate of stem growth each week. It may take 14 weeks for the stem to appear. Tell students that this is normal and to be patient.

In addition to collecting data about the growth of their seedlings, students may record the growth of their plants by sketching and labeling their structures in their journals weekly.

Going deeper:

Collect and analyze class data on seedling growth each week. Create a class graph that shows the growth of each seedling, discuss the range of the data, and calculate average growth of the seedlings each week.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information about the care of your seedlings.