Plant Adaptations STEM Activity

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4th - 7th
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STEM and Plant Adaptations

Have your students engineer adaptations for a plant they invent for a biome!

STEM and Plant Adaptions provides a great way to integrate engineering into a unit on adaptations, biology, and nature studies.

This STEM activity is a fun hands-on lesson that can be used to review and apply concepts from a teacher’s previously taught lesson on plant adaptations and habitats. Perfect for centers, review time, the regular classroom and STEM specialists!

This hands-on unit includes:

Teacher notes

Student guides

Five biome information cards

· tundra

· tropical rain forest

· desert

· prairie grasslands

· oceans and lakes

Inquiry questions

Group role cards

Vocabulary list


Engineering Design Process Poster

A list of easy to find materials

This integrated unit supports our other popular STEM and Animal Physical Adaptation packet. It provides a great way to integrate engineering into a unit adaptations, biology, and nature studies.

This was used as part of our “Get Caught Engineering - Is It in Your Nature?” family workshop at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum.

Check out our other popular unit on this topic that focuses on physical adaptations for animals. Teachers have been delighted with the enrichment it provides to their science unit. STEM and Animal Adaptations Activities

“As a STEAM school that is using the Engineering Design Process, this was a great resource for me to use in our Life Science Unit. The kids had a great time creating their animals.”

“This project was awesome! Allowed my students to use creativity to demonstrate their understanding of Adaptations! Very engaging activity!”

We also have a bundle of nature related STEM activities:

STEM and Nature Bundle

And a unit on Animal Behavioral Adaptations

Animal Behavior Adaptations Activity Packet

Theme based STEM activities for a program are lots of fun! How about a theme of Oceans or Aviation?

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In addition, please visit our website for more links and resources to help you organize your event. Get Caught Engineering

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31 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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