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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

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

Printables for Grades K-1

Plant Parts
Growth Cycle of Plants
Fall Crossword Puzzle I
Plants & Trees Printable Book (Grades K-4)
From Seed to Plant
What's Wrong with This Picture?
How Do People Use Plants?
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 2-5

Photosynthesis Worksheet
Careers: Who Am I?
Plant Parts
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Fruits and Vegetables List
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Dominant and Recessive Genes
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Plant Crossword Puzzle
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Plant Graph
Structure of a Typical Flower
Flower Parts
Food Web
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Comparing Monocots and Dicots
The Parts of a Flower
What Are the Parts of a Seed?
Life Science Test: Plant Structure and Function
Rain Forest Foods and Spices
Modeling an Angiosperm
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
More Plant Printables

Lesson Plans

In Which Liquids Do Seeds Grow Best?
Which Foods Do Molds Love Best?
Layers of the Rain Forest
Sunflowers, Van Gogh, and You
The Sunflower
Class Garden
Plants of the Rain Forest
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
What Is in Soil?
Looking at Leaves
In a Garden
Seeds Grow into Plants
What Plants Need
The Growth of a Radish Seed
More Plant Graphic Organizers

Earth Day Activities

Seeds Word Search
Tissue Flower Craft
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Understanding Chlorophyll
Gardening with Kids
Experiment in Chromatography
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Arbor Day Activities

Autumn Tree
Winter Trees Tree Identification Handout
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Project Ideas
Comparing Tree Heights
There's an Owl in the Shower
Science and Technology: Planting Trees
What Are Some Kinds of Plants?
More Arbor Day Activities

Plant Resources for Art Class

Plant Pollination
How a Seed Grows -- Little Book
Make a Dried Bouquet
Fruit Patterns
Life Cycle Charts
Science Fun: An Apple a Day
Decorative Leaf Rubbings
More Plant Resources for Art Class

Digital Books

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

Literature & Plants Connected

The Mountain That Loved a Bird
Poke & Look Learning Books
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades 9-12
Reading Warm-Up 81 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Girlwood Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Plants

Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Flower Power Crossword Puzzle
All About a Venus Flytrap
Science Key Term Review: Plant Structure and Function
Desert Ecology Reading Warm-Up
Different Leaves: Unscramble Me!
Wildflowers and Their Families
Changing and Adapting: Family Activity
More Popular Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Plant Resources for Math Class

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

Science Activities on Plants

All About Fossils
Go, Seeds, Go!
Classification Puzzle
An Edible Experiment
Plants Printables Slideshow
Plants & Trees Printables Slideshow
Can Cloning Make a Better Plant?
More Popular Science Activities on Plants

Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Summer Crossword Puzzle
Summer Herbs to Identify
Autumn Veggies and Fruits
Pumpkin Seed Snack
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
Cool-Weather and Warm-Weather Crops
Traveling Seeds
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Plant Physiology Resources

What Is Inside a Seed?
Insects in the Garden
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Plant Cells
Flower Pollination
What Are Adaptations?
What Are Seeds and Fruits?
More Popular Plant Physiology Resources

Flower Resources

Cherry Blossoms of Washington, D.C.
Flower Power Vocabulary
Darling Daffodil
Explore Activity: A Sunflower Seed Grows
The Growing Flower
Science, Technology and Society: Pollinators
Flower Power
More Flower Resources

Rain Forest Resources

Rain Forest Products
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
Tropical Rain Forests
Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
More Rain Forests: Teacher Resources

Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

How Do Plants Affect the Economy of the United States?
Women Nobel Prize Winners in Science
The Popcorn Plant
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Where Do Organisms Come From?
Crepe Paper Flower
George Washington Carver
More Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

Plants & History Connected

Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Mold Observation Chart
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
How Peanuts Grow
More Plant Resources for History Class

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