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Independent Plant Growth Experiment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This is an awesome lesson filled with tons of engaging learning activities. Over a period of weeks learners will make observations, collect plant and analyze plant data, read and review agricultural articles, design and conduct an...
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Who Cares for the Land?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A very thorough lesson plan focuses on what plants need to grow and stay healthy. There are excellent reading activities and worksheets included in this fine plan. A terrific way to introduce a unit on plants and their needs.
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Berkshire Museum

The Three Life-Giving Sisters: Plant Cultivation and Mohican Innovation

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
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...
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Starting an Indoor Container Garden from Seed

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create an indoor container garden. In this container garden lesson, students explore seed germination. Students discuss edible seeds.
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Growing from Seed

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
High school or college horticulturists will appreciate this PowerPoint on seed-propagation. It walks them through the science behind seed production and germination as well as the requirements for growing plants from this stage....
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What Plants Need to Grow

For Teachers K - 2nd
What do seeds need in order to grow into plants? This presentation follows what happened every four days during a seed growth and observation study. Images compare how well two sets of seeds did under specific circumstances. Use this to...
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Death and Recovery

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, devastating plant and animal life for miles around. Two activities are included in this lesson plan. In one, learners evaluate tree rings to determine the age of a tree and the year of a volcano....
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Do Plants Need Water?

For Teachers 1st
First graders utilize observational skills to articulate similarities and differences in the plants they observe. They make comparisions of size, color, and height. Lima beans are planted at successively farther distances from a water...
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Land Assessment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work in small groups on a problem based learning activity. Students are presented with a problem of buying land to use for educational purposes only and must determine if it is feasible to buy it based on soil analysis and plant...
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2nd Grade - Act. 23: Sprout Houses

For Teachers 2nd
Read the story "Sunflower House,"  by Eve Bunting with your 2nd graders to investigate the relationships between plants and animals. They will discover how living things change during their lives by creating their own sprout houses. In...
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Why Does the Cocoa Tree Need a Tropical Rainforest to Grow?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the requirements a cocoa plant needs to survive. They research where chocolate comes from and how humans can affect the growth of cocoa trees. Students create a 3-D model of a cocoa tree and compare and contrast...
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Introduction to Plant Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Although the formatting is less than perfect and some of the pictures are blurry, the information in this presentation on plants is pertinent. Viewers will be able to compare and contrast plants with animals. They will learn about...
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Temperature and the Tomato

For Teachers 9th - 12th
You will need a photovoltaic system and monitor at your school in order to obtain all of the data required to thoroughly implement this lesson plan. Your class monitors daily temperature and insolation amounts over a two week span of...
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The Effects of Photosynthesis on Plant Growth

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the process of photosynthesis; its products and reactants, and the sequence of the process. They diagram the light reactions, record observations of plants, and discuss how difficult it is to measure plant growth as it...
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Pumpkin Time

For Teachers K - 2nd
In these two lessons, science learners participate in various activities involving pumpkins. They investigate and research the life cycle of a pumpkin. They observe pumpkin growth and decomposition. Finally, they estimate and measure...
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Growing Cress: Sprouts

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
What does it take to grow a healthy plant? Budding horticulturists will look at each slide and consider which conditions produced the best results. Slides contain images of plants that have had too much or too little water, light, or...
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Prairie In A Bottle

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders observe images of prairie ecosystems and discuss the needs of living things. They create a prairie habitat in a closed jar to observe the water cycle and plant growth.
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Growing a Seed

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Seeing how seeds grow into plants is such an enjoyable for students! They plant lima bean seeds and take pictures to record the growth of their plants. Students write in a journal to describe their daily observations of their plants, and...
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Crops 2: What Plants Need to Grow

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore agriculture by participating in a plant growth activity. For this botany lesson, students discuss what types of plants grow in their local environment and what the plants need to survive. Students read assigned text...
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Growing a Lawn

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars research plant growth. In this plant growth lesson, students explore the needs of plants. Young scholars compare and contrast grass and broadleaf plants and grow a miniature lawn in a cup of soil. Resources are provided.
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Everything Grows

For Teachers 1st
First graders read about the growth of living things. In this similiarities and differences lesson, 1st graders list things that are similiar and different about growing plants. Students then use a graphic organizer to list the...
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All That Corn

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students observe and record data.  In this plant growth instructional activity, students plant and grow corn.  Students observe the growth of their corn and record their data.  Students read corn recipes and select their favorite four...
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How Do Plants Grow?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate plant growth. In this plant growth lesson, students investigate what would happen to plants if they did not have water and sunlight. Students conduct experiments to determine what plants need. Students create a...
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Dig In - Grow your own grub

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students monitor the growth of a plant over several weeks. In this earth science lesson, students plant a courgette plant, take digital photos, and upload them to the BBC gallery. They turn their photos into live animation showing the...