Let's Learn About Plants!
Teach students about plants through direct observation and drawing, photographing, or recording what they see.
- Grades: 1–2
- Unit Plan:
In this lesson, students learn that there are different kinds of plants and a plant has different parts.
- Observe plants
- Recognize different parts of a plant
- Write about plants
- Large chart or butcher paper for brainstorming words
- A variety of plants
- Magnifying glasses or pretend paper magnifying glasses
- Observation notebook for each students
- From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
- Let's Find Out: Science books
- Optional: Digital camera
- Optional: Computer
- Optional: Large screen TV or projector
- Optional: Printer
Set Up and Prepare
- Cut out a large paper flower or plant from the chart or butcher paper. Hang the paper in your classroom for the brainstorming session.
- Plan a walk either inside the school or outside. Along the walk, set up and number stations on your own map for the walk. Each station should feature a different plant or flowers. Make sure there are multiple plants to observe at each station.
- Make observation notebooks for each student. Every page should have a space for drawing and a space for writing.
Step 1: Read From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.
Step 2: Brainstorm words students may want to use when writing about plants. These could be written on a large paper flower or plant.
Step 3: Have the students pretend they are "Plant Hunters." Take a guided walk around the school. Stop at your stations and announce the number of the station.
Step 4: At each station, have students record the number and make notes. The Plant Hunters' mission is to record what they notice about plants in their observation notebook. They may write or draw. Some of the students may use a digital camera to photograph the plant, especially the different parts of the plants. Some students may want to use the magnifying glasses to help them search for plant parts.
Step 5: When you return to the classroom, discuss the student's findings. The numbered stations and notes will help everyone talk about the same plants. Add additional words to the brainstorming word chart.
Step 6: Students write about their plant hunting adventure and the different kinds of plants they found. Add the digital photos to their stories. Bind these writings into a book.
Step 2: Discuss types of plants and parts of a plant.
Step 3: Have the students draw a diagram of a plant in their observation notebooks.
Learn more about plants and play plant games with the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden.
Tell three facts about plants.
- Were students able to differentiate plants from other things?
- How many students were also able to identify the parts of a plant?
Copies of students' writing about plants and their diagram drawings should be saved for their assessment portfolios.
- Was there enough time?
- Were the students successful or frustrated creating a diagram?
- Were the students able to write about plants without a lot of help?
- Could the students tell me about plants?