You will LOVE this 95 page unit on plants! Tested materials with Grades 1, 2 and 3 students.
It includes fun hands-on experiments, easy readers, mini-books, no prep worksheets, and math/literacy assignments (reading, writing and work work). It includes so much variety that the topics can be easily differentiated.
Main topics include the plant life cycle, parts of the plant, how plants grow, why plants are important, why/how we can take care of plants.
Unit Introduction: A quick read introducing the topic and learning goals of the unit.
Science Journal: Write about all of the ways that you use plants in your daily life.
What a Seed Needs to Grow: Students look at the picture and add what is missing that is needed to help the seed grow.
What a Seed Needs to Grow: A mini-book students can create to explain what a seed needs to grow.
Soil: Which earth material would be better for planting? Why do you think so?
Soil Soak: An investigation about soil and sand absorbency.
Science Journal: Writing about soil vs. sand.
Do Plants Need Light?: A quick read about plants and light, including two quick experiments for students to try.
Science Journal: Do you think that plants could have too much sunlight? Discuss a way you could prove that hypothesis.
Do Plants Need Water?: A quick read about plants and water and an experiment students can perform.
Dissecting a Flower Mini-Experiment: A quick check-list for students to complete after finding flowers outside.
A Bit About Bees: Quick read and bee fact research assignment.
Flowers and Bees: A quick colouring assignment.
Reading Response: A retell reading response for the book “Big City Bees” by Maggie de Vries.
Quiz - Is it a plant?: Students circle all of the images that are of plants.
Flowers are Nature’s Paintbrushes: Students circle the colours that they have seen in flowers and then colour flowers that are the same colour. Includes an “Extend Your Thinking” writing assignment.
My Own Garden: Students draw and colour plants in the plant pots.
Seed Sort: Students sort seeds and then glue them in the grid.
Graph-a-Seed - Part 1: Students look at a picture of seeds and colour them according to the legend.
Graph-a-Seed – Part 2: Students graph the seeds from part 1.
Graph-a-Seed – Part 3: Students answer questions from part 2.
Science Journal: How might the shape of the seed help it survive?
Chart-a-Seed Teacher Instructions & Discussion Questions
Chart a Seed: Students sort a pile of seeds by colour and glue them into the chart.
How Seeds Travel: Students read about the different methods how seeds travel, and then match pictures of seeds to how they travel.
My Seed Book: Students make a mini-book. They finish the sentences, and then add pictures.
Fruit Fun: Students analyze fruit and seeds and count the number of seeds in the fruit.
Science Journal: Which fruit had the most seeds? Which had the fewest? Did the size of the fruit determine how many seeds it had?
Super Stem!: Quick read about stems and a question for students to answer (what is one function of a plant stem).
Dissecting a Flower: Students take apart a plant and draw each part (leaf, seeds, stem, root) and write the function.
Parts of a Flower: Students cut words (seed, flower, roots, stem, leaf) and glue them on the diagram.
The Life Cycle of a Flowering Plant: Students cut words on the bottom of the page and glue them next to the correct part of the life cycle (seed, flower, young plant, fruit, mature plant).
The Life Cycle of a Flowering Plant: An 8-page reader explaining the life cycle of a plant. Students can colour in and label the pictures.
Life Cycle of a Plant: Students cut out the pictures of the life cycle of the plant and glue them in the correct order. Students can label and colour the pictures, or write about each stage.
Life Cycle of a Plant: Students cut out the sentences explaining the life cycle of a plant, and then glue them in the correct order.
Plants and Their Habitats: A quick read.
Plants and Their Habitats: Students match pictures of plants to their habitats (ocean, forest, backyard, jungle, house, desert)
Threats to Plants and Their Habitats: A quick read.
Science Journal: How can you protect the habitats of plants.
My Plant Habitat Promise: Students fill out the card promising they will protect plants and their habitats.
Lesson Plan - People and the Environment: A lesson plan for two books “The Lorax” and “The Kapok Tree”.
Plant Safety Self-Assessment: A self-assessment for students to assess if they were safe during experiments and investigations.
Super Stem!: An experiment where students put a carnation into coloured water. Includes the worksheet.
Leafy Situations: Students put leaves in cold, soil, and water and observe what happens.
Seed Sprouts: Students plant seeds on a wet sponge and time how long it takes for different seeds to germinate.
Science Journal: Discuss how fast-germinating seeds might be beneficial in a drought.
Onion-Skin Cells: Students draw pictures of onions and of onion cells.
Investigating a Pumpkin: A bunch of measurement investigations for students to perform using a pumpkin!
Science Journal: Write about the many uses of the pumpkin plant.
My Seed Story: Includes an organizer and three different writing papers for students to write a story about a seed travelling.
Grapes to Raisins: Students make lists of describing words to use for grapes and raisins and then write a procedure on how to make raisins from grapes. Includes an organizing chart, writing paper, and example.
Green Beans: Shared reading poem.
Growing: Shared reading poem.
Plant Riddle: Shared reading riddle.
Spring Flower Sounds: Students write “t” words in a big tulip.
Spring Flower Sounds: Students write “d” words around a big daffodil.
Spring Flower Alphabetical Order: Students cut the names of flowers out and arrange them in alphabetical order.
If I was a garden flower…: A writing assignment.
Tree Teaser: Students find the name of a tree to rhyme with each word given.
Journal Prompts: 3 pages of plant-inspired journal prompts to glue into students’ journals.
My Tree, My Tree, All Year Long: contain a 6 page booklet for a year-long activity. Each student adopts a tree located in the school yard. They spend the year studying it, and investigate it in each season.
Unit Ideas: A list of 18 extra classroom ideas for the unit.
Word Wall Cards: 7 pages of word wall cards that can be used in a variety of activities.