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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
More Mini-Lessons

Bulletin Board Ideas

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

Printables for Grades K-1

How a Seed Grows -- Little Book
Plants & Trees Printable Book (Grades K-4)
Plant Parts
From Seed to Plant
Growth Cycle of Plants
How Do People Use Plants?
Tissue Flower Craft
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 2-5

Careers: Who Am I?
Photosynthesis Worksheet
Plant Graph
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Poisonous Plants
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

How Do Yeasts and Molds Reproduce?
How Are Living Things Classified?
How Do Plants Affect the Economy of the United States?
Science Key Term Review: Simple Organisms
What Is the Nitrogen Cycle?
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
Plant Parts
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
Life Science Test: Characteristics of Living Things
Activity: Classifying Angiosperms
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
How Are Plants Classified?
What Are the Parts of a Seed?
What Are Seeds and Fruits?
More Plant Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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

Graphic Organizers

Ways to Help the Environment
KWL Chart - Plants
In a Garden
What Is in Soil?
Three Parts of Plants
What Plants Need
The Growth of a Radish Seed
More Plant Graphic Organizers

Earth Day Activities

Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Seeds Word Search
"My Garden Song"
Crepe Paper Flower
Gardening with Kids
There's an Owl in the Shower
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day
Plants Printable Book (Grades 2-6)
Arbor Day Book
Autumn Tree
A Tree is Nice Book -- Little Book
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Be a Christmas Tree Detective
More Arbor Day Activities

Plant Resources for Art Class

Life Cycle Charts
Leaf Crown
Plant Pollination
Fruit Patterns
Tissue Garden
Make a Dried Bouquet
Fruit and Art
More Plant Resources for Art Class

Digital Books

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

Literature & Plants Connected

Literature & Math: Stories about Flowers
Reading Warm-Up 81 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades 9-12
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Project Ideas
Poke & Look Learning Books
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
More Literature Resources on Plants

Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Nature (La naturaleza)
Arbor Day Wordsearch
All About a Venus Flytrap
Flower Power Crossword Puzzle
Eyewitness Plant Printables
Science and Language Arts: The Flower Cycle
Science Key Term Review: Plant Structure and Function
More Popular Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Plant Resources for Math Class

Investigate Activity: Estimating and Measuring Mass
Family Activities: Plant a Garden
What Do the Roots and Stems Do?
Comparing Tree Heights
Math Fun with Plants
Spider Plants
Modeling Rain Forest Layers
More Plant Resources for Math Class

Science Activities on Plants

All About Fossils
Plant Secrets Activities
Structure of a Typical Flower
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
Go, Seeds, Go!
Which Foods Do Molds Love Best?
An Edible Experiment
More Popular Science Activities on Plants

Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Spring Crossword Puzzle II
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Summer Crossword Puzzle
Summer Herbs to Identify
Cool-Weather and Warm-Weather Crops
Understanding Chlorophyll
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Plant Physiology Resources

What Is Inside a Seed?
Insects in the Garden
Explore Activity: What Plant Parts Are Missing?
How Does a Plant Grow and Change?
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Explore Activity: A Sunflower Seed Grows
Comparing Monocots and Dicots
More Popular Plant Physiology Resources

Flower Resources

Flower Pollination
The Parts of a Flower
Time to Bloom!
Wildflowers and Their Families
How Do Flowering Plants Reproduce?
Dried Flowers and Leaves
Flowers Word Search
More Flower Resources

Rain Forest Resources

Rain Forest Foods and Spices
Rain Forest Products
Food Web
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
Reading Warm-Up 55 for Gr. 3 & 4: Science
Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
More Rain Forest Teacher Resources

Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Women Nobel Prize Winners in Science
The Popcorn Plant
George Washington Carver
Science and Technology: Planting Trees
Peanut Products
All-Purpose Soybeans
More Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

Plants & History Connected

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

Related Resources

Gardening Resources
Earth Day Teacher Resources


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Tell a Story Day (4/27) and International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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