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

Length

1 - 1.5 Hours

Materials

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

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.

Instructions

  • 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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