Plants: They Grow On You!

How It Works: 
Science, young children, and plants are a natural combination. Children are fascinated by living, growing things. Through this unit students satisfy their curiosity about plants and develop a sense of pride and responsibility. Students learn the basic parts of a plant and what each part does. Students  also grow a plant, starting from a seed and make discoveries and test ideas in real hands-on situations. 

Additionally students create a variety of multimedia presentations and use other technologies to make their discoveries. The plant world is filled with amazing discoveries just waiting for you to explore and discover its exciting secrets!

Know the basic needs of all living things
Describe how organisms change as they grow and mature
Compare and describe the structural characteristics of plants
Identify the parts of a plant and their functions
Grow a plant from seeds
Identify the basic needs to a grow a plant
Use desktop publishing programs, online services, and multimedia authoring programs to develop projects

Estimated Class Periods To Complete:  
10 or more

Software Materials Used:
Software needed to complete projects include multimedia presentation software such as HyperStudio, PowerPoint, Kid Pix, Word Processor and Microsoft Publisher. You will also need access to the Internet.

living, non-living, flower, leaves, stem, roots, seeds, embryo, cotyledon, seed coat, air, water, light, fruit, vegetable

This project is suitable for the primary grades and can be adapted for the intermediate grades as well. The lessons take into consideration the different learning styles of students. Throughout the unit students can work individually, with partners, or in groups in order to complete projects.

The purpose of this unit is to develop students' awareness of plants. Working with plants gives children opportunities to make discoveries and provides hands-on situations. Through this unit students will engage in all the important process skills. It integrates multimedia and various software to captivate its audience. The lessons integrate many subject disciplines, which helps in the students' retention and understanding of different concepts.

Access to the Internet is important and students should have knowledge about navigating the Internet. The teacher should bookmark the various websites found in the unit in advance. Have all printables and materials ready for students. Mini lessons on using Kid Pix and HyperStudio or other software are also important before students begin their projects.

About the Teacher: 
Terry Garcia is a creative teacher who is constantly looking for meaningful activities in order to motivate and inspire her students. Terry is a graduate of Florida International University and has a Master's Degree in Mathematics through Florida State University. She is currently a Kindergarten teacher and has been a part of the Citibank FamilyTech program for four years.


Grade Levels: 
K through 2

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