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Let's start by seeing how plants make their own food


#1 Plants with the Magic School bus-let's play along





#2 Let's do the following web quest together to learn more about plants


The Great Plant Escape




http://www.dedham.k12.ma.us/webquest/summer2002/lp/plantswebquest.htm  Plant  Web Quest


#3 Play a few interactive games


Plant Tycoon



Plant Force  You work for a plant development company and and have to try and find out the optimum conditions for its growth. Which is the cheapest option?



Grow Alien plants Change the variables to grow Universe record breaking plant.

There are four plants that need feeding:


BBC virtual garden planner. Allows you to plan a garden then view it in '3D'


For a Challenge

A science simulation on the growing of plants. The variables are water, temperature, light intensity, plant food, salt and soil depth. Children practise trial and improvement and that altering one variable at a time is the best method for discovering optimum growing conditions for each of the four plants on test (they are not real-life values!). (For Year 3 and above)


#4 Research a topic on Plants


Plants have parts we can name



Interactive plant parts









Printable book on plants


Fun With Flowers


Plant life cycles



Helping plants grow well



Flower anatomy



Plant varieties


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What you do:

Work with a partner to complete the following activities.


  1. Read these stories by Tomie Da Paola.

    The Legend of the Bluebonnet

    The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

  2. Print out the Venn diagramthat examines the similarities and differences between the two books. Hand it in to your teacher when complete.




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My Pocket Garden


Conduct an experiment to find out what seeds need to grow.



What you need:

  • Two sandwich-size, self-locking plastic bags
  • Two paper towels
  • Approximately 5–10 alfalfa or bean seeds
  • Painting smocks with two pockets
  • Warm place for your garden to germinate
  • Writing journal
  • Two blank stickers



What you do:


  1. Moisten a paper towel (not drown) and put the paper towel into the sandwich-sized, self-locking plastic bag.
  2. Using a blank sticker, label it “Pocket #
  3. Sprinkle the towel with some seeds.
  4. Seal the bag and place into one of the pockets.
  5. Create a “control” garden by placing some seeds into the other sandwich bag.
  6. Put in a dry paper towel and seal the bag.
  7. Using the second blank sticker, label it “Pocket #2”
  8. Place the bag into the second pocket.
  9. Wear your smock for the remainder of today. For the next two days, put your smock on first thing in the morning. Hang it up on the hook for lunch and recess. After coming back to the classroom, put your smock back on. Be sure to check your pocket garden each day and see what might be happening.
  10. Print out the Pocket Garden Worksheet and follow the directions on the worksheet.




What have you learned


A quiz  using Flash





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