Life Cycle of Plants Unit, Investigations & Plant Life Cycle PowerPoint NGSS

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Linda Kamp
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1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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This complete, hands-on science unit for teaching about the life cycle of plants centers around an engaging 9-lesson teaching Power Point using “real life” pictures your students will love. Ideal for first, second and third grade, students learning the stages of the life cycle, plant needs, parts of a plant and seed, germination, chlorophyll, photosynthesis, pollination, plant adaptations, and seed dispersal. Content-rich, this unit is loaded with over 20 activities and science experiments, writing activities, plus a culminating foldable flower booklet.

Students write about science as they complete the flower booklet that is also ideal for assessment. Inside, students complete short writing tasks by defining, labeling, and explaining the processes and stages of the life cycle after each lesson. The included reference charts and bulletin board set are designed to support students in working independently on the activities for the flower booklet.

The detailed, 12-day lesson plan can easily be shortened or extended depending on the time you have. The teaching Power Point, teacher’s notes, management tips, charts, and bulletin board give you literally everything you need to teach a highly engaging, effective, and well organized unit. I’ve designed each component to save you precious planning time and be especially helpful to new teachers.

This plant unit is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, commonly taught state science standards and Common Core State Standards for grades 1-3. Standards alignment pages are included.

Each lesson includes introducing vocabulary turn and talk partner questions, a written activity, and a hands-on learning lab. I’ve made it easier than ever for you to plan, prep, and teach an in-depth plant unit that makes learning about the life cycle fun!

Lesson topics:

Lesson 1: The Plant Life Cycle

Lesson 2: Germination & The Parts of a Seed

Lesson 3: The Parts of A Plant

Lesson 4: Plant Needs

Lesson 5: Chlorophyll: How Do Leaves Help A Plant Get Light?

Lesson 6: Photosynthesis: How Do Plants Make Their Own Food?

Lesson 7: Pollination: How Do Insects Help Plants Grow?

Lesson 8: Seed Dispersal: How Do Seeds Travel?

Lesson 9: Plant Adaptations

Lab Activities

Observing the Inside of a Seed

Germinating Seeds

Exploring How Leaves Help a Plant Get Light

Chlorophyll Rubbings

Pollination Simulation

Seed Dispersal: Building An Exploding Seed Pod

Foldable Flower Booklet Activities:

Plant vocabulary and definitions mini-book

How Does a Plant Make Its Own Food? writing

Label the Parts of a Plant diagram

Plant Life Cycle flow map

The Job of the Roots writing activity

The Job of a Leaf writing activity

Interesting Plant facts

Additional Resources

Unit Assessment

Seed observation journals

12 Large and small vocabulary word wall cards with definitions

Life cycle cause and effect cut and paste

6 Graphic organizers with booklet cover: Thinking About Plants

Life cycle bulletin board set with “real life” pictures plus diagrams and charts for:

Stages of the life cycle

Parts of a plant



10 Leaf Types picture cards

Management tips for fitting it all in

Flower booklet assembly directions with photos

Media links page to videos about plants

Book suggestions

Bulletin Board Display

Includes title lettering, directions, and example photo for creating a hallway display

This best-selling unit is one of the highlights each year for my class. I know your

class will love it too! Please download the PREVIEW to see details of everything included in this resource.

Happy teaching and thanks so much for visiting my store!

Linda Kamp

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Total Pages
124 pgs + PowerPoint
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow. Assessment is limited to testing one variable at a time.


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