This unit lets kids in intermediate grades dig deeper into plant parts. Your students will love these hands-on activities and video links.
- Compare and contrast monocots and dicots. Observe and record germination of bean and/or corn seeds with individual student “baggie gardens.” Feeling adventurous? A complete set of directions and templates for creating a growing germination bulletin board are also included.
- Simulate the functions of taproots and fibrous roots (as well as what happens to a plant with no roots) with paper towel models.
- Focus on photosynthesis. Learn from a multimedia presentation (video link and notetaking sheet included).
- Learn about pollination from an original infographic. Dissect flowers to explore their parts.
- Invite a virtual guest speaker into your class to learn how seeds disperse, or travel away from their parents (video link and notetaking sheet included).
- Place a stalk of celery or a carnation in colored water overnight. Observe how the water travels through the stem. Explore absorption and pressure with colored water and paper towels.
Writing activities, review sheets, and a summative assessment are also included. These science activities can be used in a stand-alone sequence or to enrich your plant unit.
(Files are available in full color or black and white.)
• suggested schedule (eight days)
• materials list
• background information with video clips
• lesson plans
• plant parts & functions recording sheet
• seeds exploration and compare/contrast activity
• germination activity
• roots simulation activity
• photosynthesis video link and notetaking sheet
• photosynthesis cut-and-paste activity
• flower parts & pollination infographic
• flower dissection lab
• seed dispersal video link and notetaking sheet
• two activities to explore stems and their functions
• study guide
• two writing templates for writing sequence paragraphs on pollination and/or germination
• complete directions, templates, and printables for a growing germination bulletin board
Everything you need for the hands-on activities in this unit can be purchased at your local grocery store: a bag of dry beans, baggies, paper towels, rice, plastic cups, food coloring, and celery.
Take a peek at my blog post, Enjoy Teaching Plant Parts
, for a more thorough description of the unit and additional links.
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• Introduction to the Scientific Method
• Design Process
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