This is a unit is designed to allow students hands on experience with plants and soils. Students will explore the three types of soil and seeds. Below is a list of the experiments, lessons, and activities included in this unit.
vocabulary flash cards
word search of plant terms
It’s Not Dirt Lesson - students observe soil using their senses (experiment)
Wet Soil Makes….Mud - students explore the water capacity of each type of soil (experiment)
Seeds - students look at the different parts of a seed (experiment)
Seed Life Cycle - students learn about the phases of a seed’s life cycle, cut and paste
Parts of a Plant - students examine the parts of a plant, label worksheet
Carnation Sensation - experiment to show function of plant parts
What a Plant Needs - students will observe four plants in various environments (experiment)
Aligned with the NC Essential Standards for Science:
3.L.2 - Understand how plants survive in their environments.
3.L.2.1 Remember the function of the following structures as it relates
to the survival of plants in their environments:
• Roots – absorb nutrients
• Stems – provide support
• Leaves – synthesize food
• Flowers – attract pollinators and produce seeds for
3.L.2.2 Explain how environmental conditions determine how well
plants survive and grow.
3.L.2.3 Summarize the distinct stages of the life cycle of seed plants.
3.L.2.4 Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold
water) and components (sand, clay and humus) of soil
determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival
of many plants.