Plant Adaptations Creative Writing Activity or Project

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2nd - 5th
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Get your students writing during science with this creative resource! This plant writing resource is an engaging way to get your students thinking about plant concepts and build a variety of writing skills!

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These concepts are covered (and the writing format it's in):

•The interdependent relationship between plants and animals (thank you letter)

•Insecticide use (debate)

•Part of plants and the flow of materials (day in the life)

•Parts of a plant and their functions (story)

•Seed dispersal (travel journal)

•Pollination (script)

•Adaptations of Saguaro cactus vs Sequoia trees (proposal)

•Plants’ needs (argument)

•Role of leaves and their shapes/adaptations (letter to editor)

•Plants that do not photosynthesize (roleplay)

•The need for chloroplasts/photosynthesis (advice column/letter)

•Plant classification (campaign speech)

•Plant parts, roles, plant adaptations (award)

•Evergreen/Conifer trees and adaptations (attorney defense)

•Life cycle of a plant (diary/journal)

•Plant adaptations (interview)

I have also included:

  • A full-page version, a half-page version, and a quarter-page version.
  • Printable or digital versions
  • A rubric for easy grading
  • A variety of writing types. For instance, there is informational writing, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, etc.

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Printing Notes:

These materials are in black and white (and the digital slides are in color). I would suggest printing "as image" to avoid any potential issues.

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keywords: plants, parts of a plant, parts of plants, what do plants need, plant needs, photosynthesis, plant practice, plant adaptations

Total Pages
40 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin. Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
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.
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.
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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