Planting Seeds Activities | Plant Unit

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1st - 2nd
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This was a wonderful resource to use with my 3rd graders! It took us step by step through the experimentation process. Thanks so much for creating and sharing this with us!
My students loved being able to write their observations down in their plant journals. I loved the reading comprehension part!
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Planting seeds in the classroom is such a great Science Observation lab where students can study what plants need to grow and the the parts of the plant as it grows before their eyes. Even better is we use popcorn kernels! The students always think we are growing popcorn.


Students will read about the parts of plants. Then they will make a plant journal to track their observations of their new plants. Students will plant 3 plants with different variables to see which one grows the best. Then they will transplant them once they sprout. The project will end with a parts of the plant art activity that can double as an assessment.


  • Close Reading Article about the Parts of Plants
  • Close Reading Lesson
  • Plant Journals Lesson & Activity (to be used during the duration of the growing plants)
  • Planting Plants Lesson & activity
  • Parts of the Plants Lesson and Interactive Activity


This mini unit is designed to be spread out to allow the plants time to grow which is around 5-8 days. The students will read the close reading article to give them the background knowledge, use the plant journals to keep track of their observations, plant their plants and watch which ones grow, then transplant the best. They will end the unit with an interactive art activity using the knowledge they have learned.

Check out our blog article to see how this will look in the classroom.


Your students will grasp the idea of the parts of the plants and their features while also learning exactly what plants need to grow.

You might also be interested in our full 1st Grade Plant Unit or the 2nd Grade Version. I have planned out your entire plant unit for you. We also have many other plant related activities.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow. Assessment is limited to testing one variable at a time.


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