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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.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders understand vocabulary related to plant life cycle such as annual, biennial and perennial. In this plant life cycle lesson, 4th graders collect seeds from flowers and foods to be used for the common good in a sharing program. Students will discuss the various seed types and the plants derived from those seeds.
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.
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!
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.
Become a member of the Pollution Patrol and stand up to litter! After discussing the life cycle of seeds and discussing how plants figure into the food chain, young conservationists engage in several activities involving podcasts, growing their own seeds, and possibly some cooking. The lesson ends with an extension activity, which prompts pupils to write Auntie Litter about joining the Pollution Patrol.
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.
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 instructional activity, 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.
Students investigate life cycle of plants. In this parts of a flower lesson, students discover pollination, seed dispersal and germination. Students review the needs of plants and dissect a plant to identify its parts. Students watch videos and and do interactive activities online.
Demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly with young scientists. They will read Clara Caterpillar and discuss what they learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and metamorphosis. Then they will create a life cycle wheel of a butterfly and use them to explain the process of metamorphosis to a classmate. Great handouts included!
Third graders make books which illustrate the growth and development of a saguaro cactus from its beginnings as a seed all the way through its death. They trace the life cycle of the saguaro, identify each of the stages in its life, and record important life cycle events in sequence. A fine activity that has everything you need to implement it, and it has a terrific extension art activity suggestion as well.