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Plant Trackers!

Contest & Activities | Observing Plant Life Cycles


How do plants know when to bloom? Engage your students with the science of phenophases, the stages in a plant’s life cycle that are triggered by changing seasons. Students will use our reading passages and resource sheets to gain key vocabulary and make connections to climate change, then observe plants outside or through photos.


The Budburst Plant Trackers Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered! The winners will be contacted via email in early June 2021. The winners of the contest will be announced in mid June 2021.

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Perfect for remote or classroom learning! Students will choose a specific plant to observe like a scientist, using writing and drawing to record key details. Get started with the lessons and activities below.

Student materials are also available in a Google Slides deck.

All materials available in Spanish on the Budburst site!

Family Activity

Extend the learning by sending home these fun activity ideas. Families can create a plant puzzle, grow a bean in a jar, and more!


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