Plant Physiology Teacher Resources

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Using educational software, learners use a graphic organizer to compare the life cycles of plants and animals. This lesson is supposed to be completed in conjunction with a unit on the topic. It calls for the use of Kidspiration, but another software program could be substituted.
Young scientists view videos to watch the changes through the life cycle of a plant. Then they will germinate seeds on a sock and in a plastic bag. Finally, they answer questions about the sequence of plant growth and record changes in local plants and make an original garden.
Research plant life cycles using a variety of materials. Researchers will visit four stations set up with books, digitized version of books, and software offering text-to-speech support. They will then answer two plant life cycle questions posted on the board and write their responses on Post-it notes. Finally, they mark evidence in the text to support their answers, and then gather as a group to share.
Students look at plants under a microscope, go to a local farm, draw pictures, and more to do with sequencing life cycles of plants. In this plants lesson plan, students observe plant and fruit seeds.
Learners observe and identify the characteristics of the life cycle of a butterfly.
Using computers, Students work in small groups and progress through the roles of Explorer, Researcher, Designer, and Evaluator as they study the life cycle of plants, insects, butterflies and frogs.
Fourth graders explore life cycles. They examine pictures of the various stages of life cycles and put them in the correct order. Students match pictures of eggs to the correct parents. They discuss the importance of knowing the life cycles of plants and animals.
Here is a fascinating lesson about the life cycles of plants and animals, and other cycles found in nature. Learners explore the cycle of the moon, the tides, and other sequences of events in every day life. The big activity is the construction of a habitat for mealworms. For one month, pupils examine what happens with them. They see that mealworms have basic needs to survive, and that the environment provides them with everything they need.
Second graders investigate the life cycles of different living organisms and make important connections regarding the organisms' classification, physical traits, environments, and sources of food and shelter. In this life cycle lesson plan, 2nd graders participate in the Canal Critters Scavenger Hunt and search for animals native to the area using clues.  Students develop conclusions through kinesthetic learning. Students then participate in the Eco-Active boat ride.
Butterflies are fascinating! Their development is an intriguing example of natural life cycles. Read a book about butterflies to your learners (several are recommended), and focus on the term life cycle as you explain stages animals go through. Learners can act out the butterfly's life cycle, and create a book illustrating the various stages. This is not included, but you could create or find a template. Pair with further insect research or a trip to a preserve!
A cross-curricular expository writing lesson plan has third and fourth graders listen to and discuss the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. They write a journal entry from the perspective of a carrot seed. Pupils use the writing process to create a book explaining the life cycle of a plant of their choice. Emphasis on transition words and sequencing are part of the lesson plan. This is a great way to introduce primary and secondary sources, too! For fourth graders, choose a more sophisticated plant life cycle book.
Explore the wonders of the life cycle by first focusing on the growth and development of the green turtle. The class will discuss the life cycle of different plants and animals, then turn their attention to the green turtle. They view a presentation, play a game, and then name each stage of the turtle's life cycle. There are two suggested extensions, one for older students and one for the younger set. 
All living things grow and change throughout their lives, but few as dramatically as the monarch butterfly. Explore the interesting life cycle of this insect as children collect caterpillars, create habitats, and observe the incredible metamorphosis that follows. Keep daily observation journals, recording changes and making predictions about what will happen next. Establish cross-curricular connections by measuring and graphing the growth of the caterpillars before they become chrysalises. A great activity that provides an up-close-and-personal look into the life of these beautiful insects.
Young scholars cut out the stages of the life cycle of a bean plant, put them in the right order, and make a book out of it. In this bean plant lesson plan, students also color beans on a worksheet and write descriptions.
First graders access prior knowledge about pumpkins and read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin. They will sequence the life cycle of the pumpkin through the use of picture cards and then sing a song about the life cycle of the pumpkin and plant seeds. In the end, they should be able to recognize patterns in nature.
Second graders extend their knowledge of life cycles to other animals. They demonstrate their understanding that at the beginning of an animal's life cycle, some young animals represent the adult while others do not. They will participate in a variety of investigations to support their learning.
Describe each stage in the life cycle of a butterfly. Second graders will identify the stages of the life cycle of the butterfly, using correct vocabulary. They will also share their new understandings about the stages of the life cycle of butterflies, with a partner and then they may volunteer to present their center project to the class.
Perhaps you don't use plant-related apps in the classroom because you haven't botany (bought any)! Here is one that you may want to purchase. Elementary green thumbs explore the stages in the plant life cycle as well as some of the processes that allow them to proceed. 
Fourth graders complete various activities related to the plant life cycle. They read the book "The Tiny Seed," read and discuss the poem "Five Little Seeds," complete a "Plantenstein Mystery" and other online activities, write and illustrate a plant life cycle comic strip, take a field trip to a wildlife refuge, and dissect beans and seeds.
Curb spring fever by bringing some of the great outdoors into your classroom with plant life cycle activities.