The activities in this package can be implemented in whole group during a Plant Unit, in small group science stations, or during your literacy block in literacy stations. These project-based science stations will have your students exploring plant cells and functions to read and answer questions, conduct experiments, review vocabulary, play vocabulary games, conduct research projects, and explore plants through technology.
These activities are interactive and will keep students engaged throughout your Plants science unit! All activities and projects are designed and aligned to meet the 5th Grade Next Generation Science Standards.
Reading Station: Provide books and Internet documents with copies of graphic organizers. Organizers can also be used as note-takers in your whole group instruction.
Topics For Organizers:
-vascular vs. nonvascular plants
-process of photosynthesis
-life cycle of flowering plants
-main structures of a flower
-defining parts of flowering plants
-defining nonflowering plants
-labeling a diagram of a plant cell
-photosynthesis in cells
-carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle
Vocabulary Station: 24 terms and definitions are included in chart form for students to practice and glue in their notebooks. All 24 terms (cells and plant function) are included in a Plants Fiddle Strips! game. Prepare the game according to instructions for vocabulary fun!
Explore Science: 6 plant labs are included with materials lists and a lab form. Students could record lab results on their lab sheets or directly in their science notebooks. Lab sheets could also be completed and glued in their science notebooks.
Computer Station: 7 websites are listed (and hyperlinked) for students to visit. Videos and video quizzes are included on some of the sites. 4 website recording sheets are included for note taking and accountability.
Research Station: Students will record their research in a Plant Fact File. These make great resources to keep in the classroom for future reference!
Additional Resource: Build A Cell! 2 sheets are included that include parts of a plant cell. Print, laminate, and cut out parts for students to practice placing and naming the parts of a plant cell.
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