Plants: A Collection of Teaching Resources
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
These resources will help students study the structures, varieties, life cycles, and uses of seeds, plants, flowers, and trees.
Seeds and Plant Anatomy
Use this lesson plan to teach about plant roots, stems, leaves, and flowers through direct observation and diagramming.
Students learn all about seeds through dissection, classification, comparison and contrast, and hands-on planting experience.
Children participate in a "sprouting seed race," during which they observe and compare the growth rates of different seeds.
Ms. Frizzle's class hangs on inside the tiny bus as it hitches a ride on a wind-traveling seed. Your students will test a variety of seeds to determine how they travel from one place to another.
Introduce students to the things seeds need to grow and help them practice skills such as observation, prediction, problem solving, and drawing conclusions.
The Carrot Seed is an easy way to introduce seeds as a unit of study. Kick off your unit by having your students build a seed museum, then follow up with extension activities about simple machines.
Topics to discuss before and after reading the book I'm a Seed by Jean Marzollo, plus an in-class planting activity.
Life Cycles of Plants
Illustrate an apple tree's growth by having students work as a team to create a display about the four seasons.
These activities help students understand photosynthesis, gymnosperms, angiosperms, plant cells, plant adaptations, and more.
While 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 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.
Check out this Book Wizard book list to find titles to add to your classroom library and lessons about plants and trees.
After reading the book, sprout an apple seed, discover an apple's star, or visit an apple tree in blossom.
Spring is a wonderful time to teach little ones all about plants. Read on to see what we are learning about in the upcoming weeks.
Teach about water movement with this experiment in which students observe how water gets from the root of a plant to the top.
Explains how to teach children firsthand about plant parts, plant growth, and plant care.
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.
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.
This colorful, flowery craft may be more suitable for older students due to the cutting and preparation required.
In this project, students create a display of the stages of a pumpkin’s growth.
Plants As Food and Products
Through this lesson plan, students learn that many of the products we use everyday come from trees and plants.
Channel students' curiosity and excitement about the spring season by starting a classroom garden.
Teach students about the types of fruits and vegetables grown on farms as well as the types of plants on which they grow.
Children read The Carrot Seed, discuss carrots, and then plant and grow their own carrots. Afterwards, kids use their carrots to make a salad.
Students sort vegetables as roots, stems, or leaves and then make their own veggie buffet, developing motor, listening, and categorization skills.
This shared recipe writing activity pairs well with the book Carlos and The Squash Plant by Jan Romero Stevens.
Plants in the Wild
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!
Children will learn about the growth of weeds and which weeds are edible through observation, measuring, and recording information in this ready-to-use teaching idea for mixed ages.