These resources will help students study the structure, varieties, and uses of seeds, plants, flowers, and trees.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Online Learning Activities
These activities help students understand photosynthesis, gymnosperms, angiosperms, plant cells, plant adaptations, and more.
Download a free Knowledge Quest! activity about plant parts and photosynthesis and discover other resources for teaching about plants.
Students simplify fractions to color in this spring-themed worksheet's floral-kaleidoscope design.
Plant Pursuit is an outdoor plant-hunting activity developed by Scholastic and sponsored by Snowmass.
Unit and Lesson Plans
Explains how to teach children firsthand about plant parts, plant growth, and plant care.
Teaches students about the typesof fruits and vegetables grown on farms as well as the types of plants on which they grow.
Observe butterfly life cycles with this lesson plan in which students prepare, plant, and maintain a butterfly habitat.
With a hands-on approach, grow your students' knowledge of plants, from plant structure to life cycle to oxygen production.
Ms. Frizzle's class finds out how rot makes rich soil for new growth, while your students discover the connection between rot and leaves mixed in damp soil. Children can continue this experiment for a month or longer.
Inside a plant, The Magic School Bus kids discover that plant food is made from air, water, and sunlight. Your students discover that plants will go to great lengths to find light — even thread a maze!
Ms. Frizzle's class hangs on inside the tiny bus as it hitches a ride on a wind-traveling seed. The seed travels by clinging to an animal -- in this case, a man on a bicycle!
Students learn about flower shapes and colors while studying, painting, and labeling various flowers for a bulletin board.
Using fruits and vegetables as stamps, students create prints and patterns to reinforce the lesson that fruits contain seeds.
Offers suggestions for bringing living plant and animal specimens into the classroom for observation at the advent of the spring season.
Young children are captivated by investigating nature and observing and creating growth and change. These activities were designed to teach children about nature via hands-on experimentation.
Children will develop gross-motor and sequencing skills in this ready-to-use teaching idea for mixed ages.
Children learn about how to care for plants by interviewing an expert, preparing their questions in advance.
Children participate in a "sprouting seed race," during which they observe and compare the growth rates of different seeds.
Introduce students to the things seeds need to grow. This activity teaches science skills such as observation, prediction, and problem solving. Children will also practice drawing conclusions.
In this project, students create a display of the stages of a pumpkin’s growth.
While creating a core, seeds and all, students learn what’s inside of an apple.
Students will enjoy creating trees and branches from tracings of their own arms and hands in this colorful activity for introducing a unit on the four seasons.
Make DIY mini-gardens to celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing from Instructor Magazine.
Mark the beginning of spring with this sweet scarecrow craft. You can display the scarecrows in small gardens or potted plants!
If you can, bring in real sunflowers to inspire your students before they begin this bright and sunny spring craft.
It’s almost that time again! The snow is melting and bits of green are appearing outside our classroom windows. What plants are on your school grounds? You may be surprised at what you find!
Channel students' curiosity and excitement about the spring season by starting a classroom garden.
Check out this Book Wizard book list to find titles to add to your classroom library and lessons about plants and trees.
Students grow and observe their own plants to follow-up Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.
Class discussion topics and a writing activity to complement the book by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan
After reading the book, sprout an apple seed, discover an apple's star, or visit an apple tree in blossom.
These fun extension activities for The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss incorporate simple machines.
The Carrot Seed is an easy way to introduce seeds as a unit of study. Students love to collect seeds and compare them in their museum.
Seedfolks is a wonderful exploration of character development, and Paul Fleischman's writing style makes the reader begin to really care about each character and his/her life. In this lesson plan, students analyze characters' actions as the cause or effect of the main plot.
The bright and detailed illustrations in The Dandelion Seed make it a favorite with students. Students enjoy recreating the world of the seed, in the form of a map.
Cross-curricular activities to complement the book by Lucy Baker
Students create sponge garden after reading I'm a Seed by Jean Marzollo.
Topics to discuss before and after reading the book by Jean Marzollo