Flowering & Nonflowering Plants Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Teaching students about both flowering and nonflowering plants can be a fun process. In this lesson plan, students will learn the difference between both types of plants and create their own examples to show understanding.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Distinguish between flowering and nonflowering plants
  • Explain how each type of plant reproduces
  • Create a visual of a flowering plant and a nonflowering plant


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • NGSS.3-LS1-1 From molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).



  • Begin by showing the two potted plants to the class.
    • Ask students to discuss the differences they see between the two.
    • Ask students to share what else they might know about plants.
  • Next, give each student a printed copy of the lesson.
  • Read through the lesson together. Stop occasionally to discuss:
    • What are the two different types of plants?
    • How do flowering plants differ from nonflowering plants?
    • How do flowering plants reproduce?
    • How do nonflowering plants reproduce?
    • Where do we generally find seeds? Spores?
  • Now, go back and look again at the two potted plants. Have students explain what they now know about each type of plant.
  • Check for understanding by administering the quiz.


To reinforce learning, guide students through the following activity:

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