Importance of Plants Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about the importance of plants with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz about plants, and take part in a fun hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on the importance of plants, your students will be able to:

  • Define the term ecological services and detail why they are so important
  • Explain the roles of plants in the carbon, oxygen, and water cycles in nature
  • Recap how plants play a crucial role in the nutrition and habitats of animals


1 - 1.5 Hours


Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


  • Let your students know they are going to be studying plants, specifically the ecological services plants can provide.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with the ecological services of plants, or has even studied them previously.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Ecological Services of Plants: Types, Purpose & Benefits.
  • Read the introduction and the first two sections titled 'What Do Plants Do?' and 'Carbon and Oxygen Cycle.' Ask your students:
    • How do plants impact our lives and literally help us to survive?
    • What are ecological services?
    • How does the process of photosynthesis work?
    • How does the fact that humans are heterotrophs play in cellular respiration?
    • How does the carbon cycle work as it relates to plants?
    • What do plants do with carbon dioxide during carbon fixation?
    • What happens as we extract natural resources and burn them to make energy?
  • Next, read the section 'Water Cycle.'
    • How does water move from the atmosphere to the ground?
    • How does water move from the ground back to the atmosphere?
    • What would happen if water didn't evaporate and just sat in the ground instead of transpiring and returning to the atmosphere?
  • Now read the section 'Nutrition.'
    • What are some specific foods that come directly from plants?
    • How do the plants eventually end up on your dinner table?
    • How do plants provide for other animals in the ecosystem?
    • How do bees play such an important role in the survival of our plant species?
  • Next, read the 'Habitats' section.
    • What are some examples of the way plants provide homes for animals?
    • Why is it important that plants absorb rainwater, and why can clear cutting lead to ecological disasters?
  • Lastly, read the 'Lesson Summary' section, and review the text lesson on the ecological services of plants in its entirety.
  • Have your students take the lesson quiz to determine their grasp of this new material on plants.

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