Plant Kingdom Chat | 10 Lab Stations

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These 10 "Plant Chat" lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the concepts that you cover in your unit on the plant kingdom. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task, and /or carry out a small experiment at each of the 10 stations. I use the word “chat” to emphasize to my students that they are to work together and have a productive discussion at each lab station in order to maximize their understanding and mastery of the concepts being covered.

What is included in this product?

  • 20 Pages of Student Worksheets
  • 10 Plant Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards
  • 9 Page Teacher Guide
  • 14 Page Teacher Answer Key
  • Page of graphic organizers and clip art images
  • 16 Final Analysis Questions

What is the purpose of this activity?

My “Chat” activities involve lab stations and cooperative student groups. This type of student interaction is a powerful teaching tool. The relaxed atmosphere of a small group setting often leads to increased mastery of the subject matter content.

What will the students be doing?

This chat activity covers the topics found in a unit on the classification and the evolution of the Plant Kingdom. Students will explore living plant specimens, including mosses, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Students will make wet mount slides of pollen to observe their special adaptations. At one lab station students will determine if a plant is a monocot or a dicot, while studying fruits at another station. Most importantly, students will extensively review the characteristics of plants, alternation of generations, and the classification and evolution of members of the Plant Kingdom. There is also a little fun to be had when students solve two secret messages in an acrostic puzzle. These lab stations will ensure that your students understand and master the concepts in your Plant Kingdom unit.

The lab stations are independent of each other. Do just a few lab stations or do them all! Stations not requiring lab equipment can be completed with a sub, or as a homework assignment.

All materials are completely editable.

Check out the preview for a detailed description of each lab station and a complete materials list.


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What are the benefits of this activity?

  • Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class, and it is a skill that will be needed throughout life. Lab station activities teach students how to work together to achieve a goal.
  • Lab Stations break down the information into smaller and more manageable units. This prevents students from becoming overwhelmed when faced with massive amounts of information.
  • Lab stations are a great review tool for the unit test.
  • "Students helping students" is a powerful teaching tool.
  • These lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the concepts concerning the classification and evolution of members of the plant kingdom.

What will the students be doing?

There are 10 lab stations. Students will rotate through the stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will highlight a plant kingdom-related task to be completed by the group as well as a worksheet of analysis questions. There are 20 pages of student worksheets.

Need to save paper? No problem! Place one copy of the student worksheet at each lab station and have students complete the work on their own notebook paper.

What are the stations in this activity?

  • Station: Observation of Living Moss
  • Station: Observation of Living Ferns
  • Station: The Fern Gametophyte
  • Station: Observation of Living Gymnosperm
  • Station: Observation of Pine Pollen
  • Station: Living Angiosperm with Flower 1
  • Station: Living Angiosperm with Flower 2
  • Station: Observation of Fruits
  • Station: Plant Kingdom Acrostic Puzzle
  • Station: Comparing Monocots and Dicots

What concepts are covered?

  • Characteristics of plants and the plant life cycle (alternation of generations.)
  • The Transition of Plants to Land:  The problems of living on land, evolutionary solutions that allow plants to thrive on land.
  • Classification Differences Between Nonvascular Plants and Vascular Plants:  The presence (or absence) of xylem and phloem, bryophytes, tracheophytes, seed plants, seedless plants, gymnosperms, angiosperms, monocots, and dicots.
  • Characteristics of the Bryophytes: Students will make observations while exploring a living moss specimen.
  • Ferns - The Seedless Vascular Plants:  The evolution of vascular tissue and its importance to life on land. Students will make observations while exploring a living fern specimen. Students also view a prepared slide of the fern gametophyte.
  • Characteristics of Gymnosperms: Students will make observations while exploring a living gymnosperm specimen. Students also make and view a slide of pine pollen.
  • Characteristics of Angiosperms: Students will make observations while exploring 2 living angiosperm specimens, one dicot and one monocot.
  • Seed Plants: The advantage of reproduction free from water, adaptations that allow for reproduction without water.
  • Cones, Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds
  • Students will examine different types of fruits.
  • Students will review the classification, evolution, and vocabulary of the Plant Kingdom by completing a fun acrostic puzzle.
  • Students will complete graphic organizers to compare and contrast monocots and dicots.

The 9-page teacher guide includes:

  • Purpose of the activity.
  • Description of what students will be doing.
  • How to carry out your role as facilitator.
  • Materials List
  • Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
  • Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.

This resource also includes a very detailed Teacher Answer Key

Related resources include:

Plant Kingdom PowerPoint and Notes Set

Plant Kingdom Task Cards

FREE Plant Kingdom Graphic Organizer

Introduction to the Plant Kingdom: Question and Answer Review PowerPoint

Plant Evolution and Classification Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages

Plant Kingdom Quizzes - Set of 4 Quizzes

Plant Kingdom Homework Assignments - Set of 4

Plant Kingdom Crossword Puzzles Set of 2

Lab: Comparing Monocots and Dicots

Lab: Mosses, Ferns and Liverworts

Lab: Transpiration in Plants

Plant Kingdom Unit Test

Biology Lab: Stomata - Gateways into the Leaf

Living Flowers Lab

Plant Structure and Function Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages

Plant Reproduction and Response Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages

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