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Tags: Class Ideas, All-Seasons, Outdoor, All-Grades, Fall, Spring, Winter, Anytime, plants

Time : 40 minutes

Author: Vicki DeBusk 


Greeting and ReviewMeet in usual spot
Ask students, “Where do plants come from? Can you name a plant? What is your favorite plant?”
Explain that today we are going to learn about parts of a plant.
Main Lesson Investigate and identify parts of a plant
Activity 1Parts of a Plant 
Materials Needed: plants, journals, pencils, colored pencils or crayons, magnifying lens – enough for each student  
Activity 2Work in the garden
Materials Needed: watering cans, gloves, brooms
Cleanup Put away all supplies
GoodbyeAs students line up, ask them to name a part of the tree and explain its purpose.
External ReferencesNone

This activity can be completed as a whole class or you can divide the class in 2 groups and rotate.

ACTIVITY 1: Parts of a Plant 

  1. Using a white board or large piece of paper, draw a plant like the one above.  Ask the students to help label the plant – introduce the more detailed plant structure to older students and the less detailed for younger students. 
  2. Using their journals, have students go out into the garden and find a plant to draw – if there are no plants yet, bring in a few potted plants for the students to draw and label. 
  3. Have the students use the magnifying lens to look more closely at their plant. Remind students to label and the type of plant they have drawn 

Encourage students to raise their hand and ask questions if they are unsure about something.

ACTIVITY 2 : Work in the garden

  1. Water plants
  2. Weed
  3. Sweep and tidy up the garden.


Follow up with lesson from the Becker Green Classroom: Parts of a Plant – Can we Eat a whole plant? 

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