Botany Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

What is botany, who are key figures, and how is it used? Teach your students these and other concepts with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson explaining these and other ideas, then teach their peers to strengthen understanding. Finish with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'botany'
  • Explain the history of botany, including leading botanists and their contributions
  • Describe the practical uses of botany


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • MS-LS2-4.

Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Direct Instruction

  • Start class by having students title their notebooks 'Botany' and share with a partner what they know about the topic.
  • Discuss prior knowledge as a whole class, then brainstorm 'w' questions with students about botany, making sure to cover the following:
    • What is botany?
    • Who are some important botanists?
    • When did botany become a science?
    • How is botany studied?
  • Distribute the lesson What is Botany? - Definition, History & Uses and read the first section 'What is Botany?' together.
  • Define 'botany' and work with students to answer the question in their notebooks.
  • Now break students into small groups and assign each a question you posed.
  • Have groups read the remainder of the lesson together, answering their question.
  • When finished, reorganize the groups so one student from each prior group is present in the new groups.
  • Next have students take turns sharing their question and answer to the new group as subject-matter experts.

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