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Explore water transport in plant stems using this fun experiment! Your scientists will start by reading Stems by Vijaya Bodach. Then, activate prior knowledge about plant stem functions and water transportation. Demonstrate this concept through an experiment with food coloring. Submerge various items (some are listed) in jars with colored water. Make predictions, observe what happened the next day, and analyze the data!
Second graders investigate how the stem of the plant carries water and minerals upwards from the roots to other parts of the plant. They observe what happens after a flower is placed in dyed water. They word process their observations about plant stems.

Plant Pipes

2nd - 6th
Students work together to discover the path water follows in plants. They create multicolored flowers. They label each part of the plant and note their function.
Children gain first-hand experience with Native American agriculture while investigating the life cycle of plants with this engaging experiment. Focusing on what the natives called the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash - young scientists germinate and grow seeds in order to learn about plant life and understand why the Mohicans chose to grow these plants alongside one another. Use this cross-curricular science and social studies lesson to provide a rich context for studying plant life and its importance to Native American culture.
Students examine the concept of transpiration. They work together to complete an experiment in which they see water loss in plants. They record their observations and discuss their conclusions.

Plant Kingdom Review Guide

10th - Higher Ed
In this plant kingdom worksheet, learners answer 32 questions about the structures of plants including the xylem, phloem and types of plants. Students compare angiosperms to gymnosperms.
Even pirates know not to steal stuff you can make yourself! Read The Pirate's Parrot Stole the King's Carrot to engage your class. Then, plant carrots with your class. If this isn't possible with your kiddos, consider cutting out paper pots and seeds and having them plant a seed on paper. 
First graders observe and describe plants as they grow from seeds.
Learners identify parts of a plant. In this life science lesson plan, student groups locate the leaves and fruits on vegetables, then find the roots. Lesson includes extension activities and background teacher information.
In this parts of a plant worksheet, students practice labeling the four main essential parts of a plant: stem, flowers, roots and leaves.
The hunt is on! Provide young botanists with a list of eighteen plant-related questions and let them loose as they search for answers on corresponding fact cards. Perform this activity in the classroom or use it as an opportunity to take the kids outside. A fun introduction to a unit on plant life that provides facts about photosynthesis, the different parts of plants, and the plant life cycle. Also a great activity to include as part of an Earth Day celebration.
Learners identify plant's roots, stems, leaves, flowers, describe functions of different parts of a plant, discuss basic needs plants have, identify chlorophyll, and analyze a variety of foods to determine what part of a plant they are.
Young scholars conduct various experiments to investigate plant transpiration. In this biology lesson, students explain how this process helps maintain the hydrologic cycle. They measure the rate of water loss in plants using a potometer.

Transpiration

5th - 8th
Students examine the part that transpiration plays in the hydrologic cycle. They observe how plants play a role in maintaining a stable environment.
Turn your classroom into a greenhouse with a lesson on plant growth. First, investigate the different parts of seeds, identifying the seed coat, cotyledon, and embryo. Then plant the seeds and watch them grow! Measure the new plants every couple of days to document their growth, moving some into a dark corner of the room to demonstrate their dependence on light. To ensure student success, model each step before allowing your young scientists to proceed with the experiment. Though somewhat time consuming, a great deal can be learned about plant life, as well as how to record and analyze scientific data.
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
What better way to learn about plant life than by creating a garden? Young botanists explore radishes before planting seeds and watching them grow, recording their observations over the course of three or four weeks. As a whole class, perform an experiment to determine the importance of water, sunlight, and nutrients by attempting to grow radish seeds in four different environments. For older students, use this instructional activity to practice measuring length and making graphs to display data. As an extension, plant other types of seeds and make comparisons between the difference plants and their growth.  
Seventh graders observe and discuss as a class the different types of vascular plants. They examine the different parts of the plant and some of the processes occurring in plants with activities accompanying.
Learners examine ecosystems and the variety of plants and animals that can be found in them.  In this plant identification lesson students identify the basic parts of a plant and categorize them according to their characteristics. 

Roots, Stems, and Leaves

9th - Higher Ed
In this plant worksheet, students review the structure and function of roots, stems, and leaves. This worksheet has 5 matching, 7 true or false, 4 multiple choice, and 10 fill in the blank questions.

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