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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.
Pupils study and observe plant life cycles. In this life cycle lesson, students watch a PowerPoint with the different stages of life for a plant. Pupils complete learning stations to study the stages in detail. Students watch video about the plant life stages and complete a quiz. Pupils finish with a test that uses images of the life cycle stages.
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.
Instructing blind or visually impaired learners means you need to make symbolic tactile representations of various processes to provide as much input as possible. But wouldn't it be even better to have your learners make the models instead? They create a three-dimensional model of the plant life cycle using symbolic tactile representations that show the changes from seed to plant and back again. This is a great lesson that can be used in a general or special educational setting.
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.
Follow the life cycle of a dandelion with a lab sheet for kindergartners. They learn about the order of events in a dandelion's life, then put the stages of life in order. Can they describe the life cycle of a pumpkin? For extra practice, have kids perform a skit that describes how plants grow from seeds.
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.
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.
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.
Designed for visually impaired learners, the 3-D plant germination model found here could be done as a whole class as explained in the lesson, or each child could create his/her own model on a paper plate, depending on the ability or age of your young botanists. Whether your kids are tactile or visual learners, making a model with real beans is an interesting and fun way to demonstrate the process.