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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.
Negative exponents can be tricky, but this resource makes a mathematical conundrum an easier concept to grasp by relating the concept of exponents to the amount of time a plant has been owned. Fifth, sixth, and seventh graders will enjoy this work page with its structured questioning that leads learners to the next answer. Although a complete lesson plan is not attached, the video in the additional materials link provides background insight to teachers about what the pages were designed to teach and an example of how to structure the information for the class.
If you teach basic botany or a landscape design course, this presentation is practically perfect. Begin with classification and nomenclature methods and move into the characteristics of leaves that make plant identification possible: leaf type, arrangement, venation, shape, and margin. In addition to being educational, this PowerPoint is a visual feast! Follow it up with some practice using a dichotomous key to identify plants around campus.
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.
Who wouldn't want to read a book about monster plants? Get those kids into informational texts with an engaging topic, like meat eating plants! You'll use the teaching guide to provide structured practice as your class reads to comprehend. They'll make predictions, preview vocabulary, define cause and effect, and engage in small and full group discussions. Everything needed for instruction is included in this well-constructed resource.
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!
How do different minerals affect the growth of plants? Budding botanists find out in a multi-week experiment that has them using solutions with specific mineral deficiencies. While there is a lot of preparation for the investigation, learners will come away with a solid understanding of the importance of a variety of minerals in organism growth. The procedure is clear and straightforward, but you may want to add more analysis questions or do a full lab write up, as there are only four questions on the worksheet.
There are so many things to learn about the environment, you can study trees, rocks, water, and soil. Budding conservationists engage in a whole group discussion on how humans use soil, rocks, and trees and how we need to replace or conserve the things we use. This extensive and well-designed lesson works through a series of active learning experiences that culminate in the planting of a tree on the school grounds. It is an excellent lesson that can be used in part, or as a whole, as it addresses many different concepts.
Third graders conduct an experiment comparing plants. In this plant lesson, 3rd graders plant seeds and grow two varieties of plant comparing the light needed for it to grow. Students make predictions and record their observations. Students complete prediction, observation and conclusion worksheets.
Students explore plant life cycles. In this plant lesson, students identify plant parts and describe their function. Students compare parts of similar plants and complete a compare and contrast worksheet. Students observe and identify weeds in an outdoor school garden, and remove them properly. Age-appropriate vocabulary and background information is provided.
Third graders keep a journal and record the growth of their plant everyday over a two week period. With an observation written down for everyday of the week, they draw a picture of their plant in their journal on Monday and Friday of each of the week. They observe and record the growth of their bean plant in centimeters every other day of the week within one or two centimeters.
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.
Students brainstorm a list of fruits and vegetables that grow on farms. After reading a book, they discuss the types of plants the fruits and vegetables grow on. In groups, they follow directions to make applesauce with assistance from their teacher. To end the lesson, they use construction paper to design a cross section of a farm.
Second graders experiment to find if pollinators have color preferences. In this plant and bug lesson, 2nd graders gather information about how flowers pollinate. Students participate in a pollination experiment using the scientific method. Students review the steps of a scientific investigation.
A wonderful series of lessons on green plant structures is here for you. In them, fifth graders engage in hands-on experiences and observations which are based on the scientific method. The finer points of vascular and non-vascular plants are focused on, as well as the need for photosynthesis, plants reproduction and seed germination. This 24-page document is packed with everything you need for successful implementation.
I bet the kids in your class will love to eat their vegetables after an engaging lesson about edible plants. They read information about vegetables and edible plants, sort vocabulary words, identify plant parts, measure and graph the weight of several vegetables, plus so much more. The lesson is well integrated, thematic, and includes Common Core standards. Now that's tasty!