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Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

From food and shelter to medicine and clothing, plants play a crucial role in our lives. Incorporate botany in your classroom with these lessons and printables on trees, flowers, ferns, molds, and mosses. There are science activities on plant cells, photosynthesis, pollination, and much more! From gardening to chromatography, you'll find fun ideas for Earth Day and Arbor Day. Incorporate the study of flora across your curriculum with art, math, and English resources for all ages.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

The Amazing Rain Forest Mini-Lesson
Introducing Deserts Mini-Lesson
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Bulletin Board Ideas

Habitat and Animals Theme
Rainbow of Flowers Bulletin Board
Tree Bulletin Board Example
Tree Pattern
Evergreen Tree Bulletin Board for Winter

Printables for Grades K-1

Summer Crossword Puzzle
Plant Parts
Growth Cycle of Plants
Insects in the Garden
Plants & Trees Printable Book (Grades K-4)
What's Wrong with This Picture?
How a Seed Grows -- Little Book
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 2-5

Photosynthesis Worksheet
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Plant Parts
Fruits and Vegetables List
Careers: Who Am I?
Food From Plants and Animals
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Structure of a Typical Flower
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Plant Graph
Seeds Word Search
Summer Herbs to Identify
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Rain Forest Foods and Spices
What Are the Parts of a Seed?
What Are Seeds and Fruits?
Comparing Monocots and Dicots
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
Bacteria, Plants & Animals Printable Book (6-10)
Activity: Comparing Algae
More Plant Printables

Lesson Plans

The Sunflower
Layers of the Rain Forest
Which Foods Do Molds Love Best?
Sunflowers, Van Gogh, and You
Flower and Leaf Press
Class Garden
In Which Liquids Do Seeds Grow Best?
More Plant Lesson Plans


General Science Quiz
Biology and Cells Quiz
Do You Know About Plants? Quiz
Plant Terminology Quiz

Graphic Organizers

Ways to Help the Environment
In a Garden
What Parts of Plants Do You Eat?
The Growth of a Radish Seed
Looking at Leaves
A Seed Chart
What's in It?
More Plant Graphic Organizers

Earth Day Activities

Tissue Flower Craft
Gardening with Kids
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Crepe Paper Flower
Plant Products
Understanding Chlorophyll
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Arbor Day Activities

A Tree is Nice Book -- Little Book
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Plants Printable Book (Grades 2-6)
Modeling Rain Forest Layers
Comparing Tree Heights
There's an Owl in the Shower
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Project Ideas
More Arbor Day Activities

Plant Resources for Art Class

Plants of the Rain Forest
Plant Pollination
Fruit Patterns
Tissue Garden
Make a Dried Bouquet
Burlap Flowers
Crayon and Watercolors
More Plant Resources for Art Class

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Forest
Ready, Set Grow!
Eye Wonder: Plant
E.Guides: Plant
Eyewitness: Plant
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Literature & Plants Connected

Poke & Look Learning Books
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
Literature & Math: Stories About Flowers
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades 9-12
Reading Warm-Up 81 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Girlwood Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Plants

Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Reading Warm-Up: Seeds
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
Science Reading Warm-Up: Tundra
All About Fruit
A Slice of Spice
Plant Enemy!
More Popular Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Plant Resources for Math Class

Investigate Activity: Estimating and Measuring Mass
Family Activities: Plant a Garden
Spider Plants
Math Fun with Plants
How High is that Tree? Part II
What Do the Roots and Stems Do?
Math in Science: Tallying
More Plant Resources for Math Class

Science Activities on Plants

Go, Seeds, Go!
An Edible Experiment
All About Fossils
From Seed to Plant
How Does Your Garden Grow?
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
How Do People Use Plants?
More Popular Science Activities on Plants

Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Spring Crossword Puzzle II
Cool-Weather and Warm-Weather Crops
Herbs in the Classroom
Starting a Leaf Exchange Program
Science Reading Warm-Up: Lightning
Science Reading Warm-Up: Leaves & Seasons
Sponge Flowers
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Plant Physiology Resources

Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Can Cloning Make a Better Plant?
What Is Inside a Seed?
What Did You See?
Science Reading Warm-Up: Plant Reproduction
Life Science Test: Plant Structure and Function
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
More Popular Plant Physiology Resources

Flower Resources

Flowers Word Search
May Basket with Flowers
May Basket
Circle Flowers Mobile
Flower Pollination
Flower Power Vocabulary
Wildflowers and Their Families
More Flower Resources

Rain Forest Resources

Rain Forest Products
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
Food Web
Tropical Rain Forests
Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
South American Tropical Rain Forests
More Rain Forests: Teacher Resources

Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

George Washington Carver
The Popcorn Plant
Women Nobel Prize Winners in Science
Science and Social Studies: House Plants
Science and Technology: Planting Trees
Peanut Products
All-Purpose Soybeans
More Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

Plants & History Connected

Understanding Penicillin and Mold
How Peanuts Grow
Mold Observation Chart
More Plant Resources for History Class

Related Resources

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