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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.
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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.
Monster Plants Storia Teaching Guide
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.
School Tree Planting Project
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.
Investigating the Effect of Minerals on Plant Growth
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.
New! Do Plants Need Light?
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.
New! Plant or Animal?
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.
New! Needs of Plants
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 lesson 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.
Plant Growth - Light and Shade
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.
Plant Parts and their Function
Discover why plants are important to our world. View plant parts and categorize them as stems or buds. Students do a cut and paste of pictures of plants into correct categories. Students also plant a carrot top,and record the growth and changes each week.
fun with Plants that We Use
Students become familiar with the products made from various plants. In this plants lesson, students experiment with natural dyes from plants. Students complete a list of things made from plants. Students answer questions about plant products.
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.
You're Wearing Your Plants!
Students examine the many uses of plants and trees by looking at their clothing. They make lists of products that come from plants and trees and their uses.
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.
Lesson Plan: Plant Life Cycles
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.
Using Plant Pigments as Natural Dyes
Young scholars create friendship bracelets and quilt squares. In this plant lesson plan student dye their own string and cotton material with plant pigments. Students use the naturally dyed materials to create the friendship bracelets and quilt squares.
Plants Give Us Food
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.
Plants 'n' Bugs
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.
The Plant Life Cycle
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.
Plant Parts We Eat
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!