Tags: Grade 3-5, plant adaptations, anytime, outside, inside, all seasons, fall, spring, winter, summer
Time : 30-40 minutes
|Greeting and Review||
|External References||Native and Adapted Plants for Central Texas|
|Worksheets||Plant Adaptations Recording Sheet|
ACTIVITY 1: Define Plant Adaptation
- Gather together where everyone can see and hear.
- Ask, “What are the 5 basic needs of plants?” What they need to survive. (water, air, sun, soil/nutrients, space)
- Explain that sometimes it is hard for plants to meet their needs in their environment if they are not native to the region. Define native and non-native plants. Therefore they adapt to meet their needs. Native plants will already have these adaptations in place.
- Ask “Can anyone think of a plant adaptation?”
- Show pictures of plant adaptations and discuss.
- Adaptations of Texas Plants – Our native plants are adapted to handle Texas soil and weather. In Central Texas, we have: Alkaline soil, heavy clay to thin caliche soil, hot summers (Death Star), cold winters drought, and flash floods.
- Leaf Adaptations – talk about how leaves play a big role in a plant and have adaptations that help a plant meet its needs.
ACTIVITY 2 : Find plants in the garden
- Move – Have students work in pairs and go around the garden to identify adaptations in the garden using the adaptations sheet found here Plant Adaptations Recording Sheet.
- Come together– after 15 minutes come back together and share findings
- Have students make up their own plant with an adaptation.
- Make a wanted poster for a plant in our garden with a certain adaptation.