Specific Purpose: After my speech, my class will understand how to make their own terrariums and how to care for them.
Organizational pattern: Chronological
Intended Audience: My class
I. Attention Getting Device: Have any of you ever had your own house plants? They’re great for bringing a bit of the outdoors inside with you, but they can be easy to kill, on accident. All that watering and their demand for sunlight can be easy to forget about. If you are like me and cannot keep a plant alive no matter what you do, I have a low maintenance, and appealing solution for you!
II. Orientation Phrase: A. Point: Today I will be teaching you about how to build and care for the two types of
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Remember: the type of container you choose determines which plants you can use. However, the two are equally easy to make and require mostly the same items. These are the items you will need for your terrarium. A. A glass jar, bowl, or vase with a wide mouth, so that you can get your hand inside. These can be found cheaply at Goodwill or Salvation Army: Mine was $1. A more expensive alternative is HomeGoods, but they have a great selection of glass containers at decent prices. B. Soil can be found in any gardening center. I found mine at Lowe’s for less than $5. Open terrariums will need cactus soil, and closed will need potting soil. C. Rocks will be needed for the bottom of the terrarium, to help water drain. Something just like gravel from the driveway will work, or you can get fancy and buy some rocks at a craft store. D. Activated charcoal, or just plain charcoal, will be needed, which can be found at pet stores. E. And, of course, you will need plants! You want to look for small plants, the smaller the better for this project. Open terrariums like plants that like dry conditions, such as: cacti or succulents like jade or aloe, sempervivum, creeping fig, and many others. Closed terrarium plants desire low light and high moisture. Some good plants are mosses, spider ferns, African violets, prayer plants, Josephs coat, and star fish