Ch 3: Plants Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use suggested lesson plans and activities to supplement the teaching of plants to your science class. Each lesson provides a focus on key terms, instructional strategies and suggestions for extended study of these topics.

Plants Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Increase your students' understanding of plant growth and processes with lesson plans you can incorporate in your classroom. From class discussion topics to detailed experiments, you'll find fun and creative ways for your students to learn about plants. Our lesson plans cover:

  • Plant parts
  • Photosynthesis
  • Plant life cycle

Each lesson outlines materials you will need to implement that specific lesson plan.

How It Helps

  • Meets curriculum standards : Lesson plans are designed to address Common Core standards for this subject.
  • Teaches students vocabulary words: Each lesson highlights key terms and phrases your students will need to know when studying about plants.
  • Details classroom activities and experiments: Allows students to take a hands-on approach to learning about plant life.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning plant-related science lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific plant topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related plants lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of plants from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant plant-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 3: Plants Lesson Plans
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Parts of a Plant Lesson Plan

1. Parts of a Plant Lesson Plan

Want to liven up your instruction on the parts of a plant? A text lesson guides the students through essential facts while a hands-on labeling activity allows students to show what they've learned. To take instruction even further, use our optional activities and related lessons.

What are the Parts of a Plant?

2. What are the Parts of a Plant?

Ever look at a plant and wonder what each specific part is? A plant has two basic plant parts: the shoot and root systems. In this lesson, you'll learn and be able to identify each individual plant part within the shoot and root systems.

Harvest Lesson Plan

3. Harvest Lesson Plan

Teaching your students about what happens come harvest time? This lesson plan outlines aspects of autumn, then details how plants, animals, and people prepare. Students will do an activity focusing on fall harvest.

Autumn Facts: Lesson for Kids

4. Autumn Facts: Lesson for Kids

Autumn is the season that is full of changes within nature. It is also a fun time of year when people around the world celebrate and give thanks. Let's take a look at all that autumn brings us.

Pumpkin Lesson Plan

5. Pumpkin Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach students all about pumpkins, including how they grow and what their uses are. Students will practice reading informational text, answer comprehension questions, then apply learning in an engaging activity.

Pumpkin Facts: Lesson for Kids

6. Pumpkin Facts: Lesson for Kids

In the U.S., pumpkins are a familiar sight in October. Well, did you know they are actually a kind of squash with some very interesting features? This lesson will teach you about pumpkins, including their many uses and where they grow.

Endangered Flowers & Plants

7. Endangered Flowers & Plants

In this lesson, we'll be exploring some examples of endangered flowers and plants. We'll review what it means when a species is endangered and examine five very unique endangered species.

Rain Garden Lesson Plan

8. Rain Garden Lesson Plan

There are things we can all do to promote water and soil conservation. With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the importance of rain gardens and how to implement them.

What is a Rain Garden? - Design, Benefits & Plants

9. What is a Rain Garden? - Design, Benefits & Plants

Protecting the environment and engaging with nature are just two features of a rain garden. In this lesson, you'll learn what a rain garden is, how to design one, the plants best fit for one, and the benefits of a rain garden.

Community Garden Lesson Plan

10. Community Garden Lesson Plan

This lesson inserts perfectly into a unit on building communities, botany or even nutrition. In this lesson, students will learn about the importance of community gardens and create a flyer to help convince others of the benefits of community gardens.

Community Gardens: Definition, Benefits, Rules & Best Practices

11. Community Gardens: Definition, Benefits, Rules & Best Practices

In this lesson, we will talk about community gardens, what they are, how they benefit the people and the environment, some helpful rules for ensuring success, and the research-based best practices that will help you get your community garden started.

Plant Cells Lesson Plan

12. Plant Cells Lesson Plan

Learning all of the vocabulary associated with plant cells can be overwhelming. Use this lesson plan to help your students remember and enjoy this important part of biology as they view actual organelles with a microscope and create organelle analogies.

What are the Parts of a Plant Cell?

13. What are the Parts of a Plant Cell?

Plant cells are made up of many different parts, each with a specific job. Working together, they keep a cell healthy and running smoothly. In this lesson, take a closer look at a plant cell and gain an understanding of how each part works.

Transpiration Lesson Plan

14. Transpiration Lesson Plan

Help your students gain an understanding of the process of transpiration with this lesson plan. Students will watch an informative video lesson, participate in class discussion and engage in an in-depth research project.

What Is Transpiration in Plants? - Definition, Rate & Process

15. What Is Transpiration in Plants? - Definition, Rate & Process

Did you know that plants 'sweat?' Transpiration is both an important and costly process for plants, and it requires that a delicate balance between it and other necessary cellular processes be maintained.

Plant Cells Activities & Games

16. Plant Cells Activities & Games

Plant cells can be a tough concept for students to understand. However, applying some multiple intelligence strategies to lesson plans can help students understand the role of all of the structures in the plant cell.

Plant Parts Activities & Games

17. Plant Parts Activities & Games

To truly integrate new information, students must be actively involved in the learning process. This lesson offers games designed to engage students while learning plant parts.

Primary Productivity Activities

18. Primary Productivity Activities

If your class is studying plants or ecosystems, then understanding primary productivity and its importance to sustaining life in ecosystems is vital. Use these activities to help students learn about primary productivity.

Botany Activities & Games

19. Botany Activities & Games

Learning about botany helps students better understand the world around them: from their houseplants to the trees growing in the forest. This series of games and activities builds on student knowledge about plants in fun, lab-based activities and interactive games.

Plant Classification Activities & Games

20. Plant Classification Activities & Games

As your students learn about plant classification, it can be extremely helpful to have the opportunity to look at live plants. Use the following activities and games to teach your students about plant classification.

Cactus Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Cactus Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Have your students ever seen a cactus? This lesson plan will help you introduce them to this prickly plant with the help of a text lesson. An activity gives students a chance to create their own model cactus.

Leaves Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Leaves Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is the function of a leaf and how do its parts work? This lesson plan uses a colorful video lesson to explain this to students before an activity enables students to build their own leaves.

Botany Lesson Plan

23. Botany Lesson Plan

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.

Forestry Lesson Plan

24. Forestry Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about forestry. They will read, analyze and discuss and informational text that they will later use to create an original comic book about forestry.

What is Forestry? - Definition & Types

25. What is Forestry? - Definition & Types

Forestry is the practice of managing forest lands for various uses, including commercial, agricultural, and public. This lesson is about forestry, its definition, and some of the types.

Angiosperm vs. Gymnosperm Lesson Plan

26. Angiosperm vs. Gymnosperm Lesson Plan

It is easy to think of all plants as just being plants until you look closer at their characteristics. Your students will have a good time learning about gymnosperms and angiosperms as they watch videos, complete a group assignment, play a game, and complete worksheets.

Conifer Tree Leaves Lesson Plan

27. Conifer Tree Leaves Lesson Plan

Educate your students about conifers with this lesson plan. The students will view a fascinating video lesson, partake in three hands-on activities, and try a follow-up quiz to reinforce newly learned material.

Vascular Plants Lesson Plan

28. Vascular Plants Lesson Plan

Vascular plants come in many shapes and sizes. Your students will explore vascular plants as they watch and discuss a video, create a vascular plant display as a class, and take a quiz.

Plant Adaptations Lesson Plan

29. Plant Adaptations Lesson Plan

This lesson focuses on plant adaptations in both desert and aquatic environments. Students will make connections between the environment and the specific plant adaptations that allow it to survive in that environment.

Plant Adaptations Lesson Plan for Elementary School

30. Plant Adaptations Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is adaptation and how and why do plants take part? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain plant adaptation. An activity gives students the chance to be creative while they show what they learned.

Horticulture Lesson Plan

31. Horticulture Lesson Plan

Educate your students about horticulture with this helpful lesson plan. They will be studying a text lesson, taking a follow-up quiz to test their comprehension, and participating in three hands-on activities.

Horticulture: Definition & Branches

32. Horticulture: Definition & Branches

In this lesson, you'll learn about the subset of agriculture known as horticulture. This includes the different branches of horticulture and what is involved in each of them.

Leaf Identification Lesson Plan

33. Leaf Identification Lesson Plan

Educate your students about leaf identification with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a quiz to follow up, and participate in a fun, hands-on activity about leaves.

Leaf Identification Games & Activities

34. Leaf Identification Games & Activities

Not many people notice leaves until Fall comes around and they start to see them strewn across the ground. These leaf identification games and activities will help students learn how to tell leaves apart, even if they look the same.

Parts of the Leaf Lesson Plan

35. Parts of the Leaf Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the major layers and components of a leaf. They will explore the function of each layer and create a 3-dimensional model of the leaf.

Cress Heads Lesson Plan

36. Cress Heads Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about cress heads. They will also participate in an exciting hands-on activity in which they will actually make their own cress heads with eggs.

Plant Biology Activities for High School

37. Plant Biology Activities for High School

Studying the biology of plants can be important for students in understanding the processes and structures responsible for plant reproduction and growth. Use these multi-sensory activities to help students explore the plant biology.

Importance of Plants Lesson Plan

38. Importance of Plants Lesson Plan

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.

Plant and Animal Cells Lesson Plan

39. Plant and Animal Cells Lesson Plan

Plant and animal cells share a lot of common traits, but they also have their differences. In this lesson plan, students will explore both the similarities and differences between the two and create a Venn diagram to show what they know.

Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons Activities

40. Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons Activities

'Tell Me, Tree' is a book by Gail Gibbons that gives loads of information about trees. Use the activities below to help students sort that information and make connections that will help them learn all they can from this book.

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