PLANT UNIT STUDY : BOTANY : LIFE SCIENCE : GARDENING
I LOVE gardening. Can't say I have a green thumb just yet but learning about plant life and creating resources for my children is my goal. This year's plant study includes older students who were will more about the actual chemical process of photosythesis, identifying monocot and dicot flowers. We will continue to talk about companion planting, organic gardening and composting.
All these resources have been gathered over the course of 2 years. ENJOY our botany, plant science unit study.
Free Materials for Teachers
Nutrients for Life posters, games, flashcards and other materials available for free to teachers/homeschoolers designed for 3 - 4th graders. GREAT FOUNDATION for a plant biology lesson. Planting gardening is part of curriculum. There are also downloadable lesson plans for middle to high school students on the site.
Send a Cow resource from the UK about a type of gardening that is used in aerid regions of africa. We built our own and its fairly successful going on our second year.
Nourish. Oh I LOVED this DVD. The kids watched it twice and learned so much from it. The importance of organics and realizing WHERE our food originates.
Basic concepts for k - 3
Definition: The bloom or blossom of a plant; the reproductive organ of an angiosperm plant
Context: Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Definition: The main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration in plants
Context: When you look at a forest in summer, you can see the green leaves of trees.
Definition: A process used by plants to convert water, carbon dioxide and sunlight into carbohydrates and oxygen
Context: Photosynthesis allows plants to make their own food.
Definition: The usually underground part of a seed plant body
Context: Roots hold the plant in place.
Definition: A fertilized and mature ovule containing a plant embryo
Context: A new plant will come from the seed.
Definition: Stalk; a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant
Context: The stem pokes up through the soil.
GREAT COLLECTION OF LINKS for Eclectic Homeschooler
Seeds of Change: includes learning activities, videos and articles for research and practice notetaking
Homeschool Share. EXCELLENT resource for both lesson planning using literature as a base and printables for lapbooking/notebooking. 3 different levels of learning great for a mixed aged group setting.
these blogs have wonderful examples of completed lapbooks. Many do NOT have the actual printables but its wonderful inspiration.
Botany Notebooking from Inmas (NOTE: This is from a Muslim viewpoint some pages will mention Allah) others are general botany pages)
Multi Media Resources
The Great Plant Escape. Game-like app that allows kids to explore plant's structure, growth and other basic botany information
4th - 6th
4th - 6th