Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade

Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
Plant Parts and Functions - Hands-on Botany Unit for Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade
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Dig deeper into structures and functions! This comprehensive unit lets kids in intermediate grades explore parts of a plant in depth. Your students will love the hands-on botany activities and video links.

Seeds - 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.

Roots - Simulate the functions of taproots and fibrous roots (as well as what happens to a plant with no roots) with paper towel models.

Leaves - Focus on photosynthesis. Learn from a multimedia presentation (video link and note-taking sheet included).

Flowers - Learn about pollination from an original infographic. Dissect flowers to explore their parts.

Seed Dispersal - Invite a virtual guest speaker into your class to learn how seeds disperse, or travel away from their parents (video link and note-taking sheet included).

Stems - 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, a summative assessment, and a companion website are also included. These science activities can be used in a stand-alone sequence or to enrich your plant unit.

What’s Included:

(Each sheet is 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 note-taking sheet
  • photosynthesis cut-and-paste activity
  • flower parts & pollination infographic
  • flower dissection lab
  • seed dispersal video link and note-taking sheet
  • two activities to explore stems and their functions
  • study guide
  • test
  • NEW: companion website with related graphics and video links

Bonus Materials:

  • 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.

Enjoy!

Brenda Kovich

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