Great Plant Escape. Lesson plan for elementary
age students and a teacher's guide.
Thinkquest Lesson plan created by students on Plants
and Our Environment.
Adventure: A webquest on pollination.
The student must first learn the parts of a flower
and then how to pollinate a flower.
the Plant Parts: Students must build a
salad by selecting plant parts.
Cell: Dissect a virtual plant cell. Virtual
cell is a a collection of still images,
texts and movies covering the structure and functioning
of a typical plant cell.
Identification Game: Provide each student
with a pencil and a card, which has a list of numbers
corresponding to numbers on various trees in the area.
Each student is to identify the tagged trees, placing
the name of each tree opposite its number on the card.
The student who first identifies their list correctly
is the winner.
up trees in the concordance and see what God says
about trees. For starters, try: Deut 20:19; Job
14:7; Psalm 1:3; Ecclesiastes 11:3; Ezekiel 31:1-9. Use
Riddles: What tree is older than others? Elder.
What tree keeps milady warm? Fir. What tree do you carry
in your hand? Palm. What tree is an insect? Locust.
Collecting. Take a hike in the woods and
collect leaves of all shapes and sizes. Place autumn-colored
leaves between two layers of wax paper. Cover with
an old towel or cloth rag. Press the fabric with a
warm iron, sealing the wax paper together with the
leaf in between. Cut your leaves out, leaving a narrow
margin of wax paper around the leaf edge. Another way
to preserve fall leaves, is by using your microwave
oven. Choose fresh leaves with the brightest colors.
Take separate leaves or small twigs and place them
in the oven on top of two pieces of paper towel. Cover
them with one sheet of paper towel. Run the oven for
30 to 180 seconds. The drier the leaves, the less time
they will need. Be careful; you could start a fire
in your microwave if they cook too long. Leaves that
curl after removal have not been dried enough. Leaves
that scorch, were left in too long. Let the leaves
dry for a day or two, then finish the leaves with a
sealant, such as an acrylic craft spray. After you
preserve your leaves, have your children identify the
ways to preserve leaves.)
really fast growing plant is a sweet potato. Set the potato
root down into a glass or jar. Keep the lower one third
covered with water. Then watch it grow!
Reading: Seeds and More Seeds by Tomi
Ungerer (A Science I CAN READ Book), Some Plants Have
Funny Names by Diana Cross (learn about plants who
have funny names such as Jack-in-the-pulpit and pitcher
plant). Plants Bite Back! by Richard Platt (poisonous
plants), Amazing World of Plants by Elizabeth
Marcus (Answers questions about the different kinds of
plants, their growth and reproduction, and the ways they
are beneficial to mankind), From Seed to Plant by
Gail Gibbons(Explores the intricate relationship between
seeds and the plants which they produce.) All the above
books are available through Tulsa County Library.
me Why. Flowers, Plants and Trees. Penguin Productions.
(Presents and answers questions about flowers, plants,
and trees such as: What is a weed? What is a seed? What
products come from trees? How do flowers grow? What is
wood?) Available through Tulsa County Library.
Activity: Read children the folktale Jack
and the Beanstalk. Show them some dried lima beans.
Have them plant the beans two different ways in
a cup with soil and wrapped in paper in a plastic bag.
To prepare the first experiment: provide children with
a paper or plastic cup. Assist them in filling their
cups halfway with soil. Place two lima beans in the soil.
Cover with more soil. Add water. Place the cups in a
saucer to prevent spilling and keep them in a sunny area
of the room. For experiment #2, provide each child with
a plastic sandwich bag, a damp paper towel, and two lima
beans. Have children wrap their lima beans in the damp
paper towel and then place them into the plastic bags.
Find another sunny area in the classroom to place the
bags. Have the children observe what happens as the beans