This lesson plan focuses on our world has a lot of different plant uses. George Washington Carver was a scientist who knew that plants could do more than one thing and has many uses that had yet been discovered or explored further. We have him thank for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
When I studied plants with the boys, both of whom have ADHD, there were so many books, and lesson plans, and stuff to cover that it was simply overwhelming. When I broke down the botany lessons into 5 separate goals that made my life a lot easier. Their hyperactive ADHD wasn’t going to be OK with sitting for long so I split the lessons up into fifteen minute sections. This is Part 4 of a 5 part series, “Botany for Beginners – An Introduction to the Science of Plants“.
Teaching homeschool science can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. By using this lesson, which is geared towards children ages 4 – 7 years old, you can learn about plants alongside your child.
These science games, science videos, science worksheets, and science books explores the concept that our world has a lot of different plant uses.
As you and your child, or children, enjoy these exercises help them to make the connections and make observations. This would also be a great time to visit a conservatory, public gardens, or even plant your own garden! Let us know how you used this lesson or how you added your own special touch to it in the comments below.
Plants are useful to us in many ways. How many different plant uses can you think of?
Plants help us to breathe.
We use the trees for paper and furniture. Plants take in the carbon dioxide we breathe out and return the life giving oxygen we need to survive.
Plants provide food and keep us healthy.
We eat the fruits and vegetables from the plants. Some plants are used to heal us when we get sick.
George Washington Carver
One scientist who helped us discover many things about plants was Dr. George Washington Carver. On our trip from California to our new home in Pennsylvania we happened upon the National Museum dedicated to his life and legacy.
As you explore plants take a moment and think about what the plants that are around you and how many different ways you can use them.
Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and appreciate all the things Dr. Carver taught us about living plants.
— BOOKS —
- George Washington Carver: The Peanut Wizard (Smart About History)
- A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver
- A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography) (Picture Book Biographies)
This is part 3 of a 5 part series “Botany for Beginners“.
Have you see our “Science: Botany For Beginners” Pinterest board?