This lesson plan focuses on plant life cycle and reproduction. People, animals, and plants are living things because they reproduce babies that are just like them. Seeds are the beginning of a new plant. The seed pops open, a stem emerges, and the plant emerges. That is the beginning of the life cycle of a plant.
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.
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 videos, worksheets, online games, and books explores the concept that plants have a life cycle just like animals and people.
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.
What Happens During the Plant’s Life Cycle
You have seen many seeds and fruits of different plants. Take a look at the seeds of an apple.
- Does the seed always look like the plant that it will grow up to be?
- Does the seed look like the fruit it will produce?
Do the seeds of an apple look anything like the seeds of a pear? Yet they both produce sweet tasting fruit. What other seeds have you seen?
As you learn about the basic life cycle of a plant pay close attention to the plants around you. Does it produce a fruit? Is it a fruit that you can, or can’t, eat?
Let’s listen to what our beloved Professor P has to say about the life cycle of plants!
— VIDEOS —
This video is about the life cycle of a plant.
This video can be used for older children 7 and up.
“How A Seed Grows” shows how seeds grow with words for you to read along. The sound isn’t great but the book is because it also has a science experiment you can try.
Time lapse of a plant growing
Just for fun – a literary connection!
— ONLINE GAMES —
— WORKSHEETS —
- Education.com: Print the cards and arrange the stages of plant life in the correct order.
- Preschool Printables: Cut the pictures of a plant’s life cycle and paste them in order.
- BBC Bitesize: Cut out the different stages of the lifecycle of a dandelion then paste them in the right order.
— BOOKS —
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- The Oak Inside the Acorn
- Jack’s Garden
- Carson Dellosa The Life Cycle of a Plant Chart (6358)
- From Seed to Plant
- OLIVIA Plants a Garden (Olivia TV Tie-in)
This is part 3 of a 5 part series “Botany for Beginners“.
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