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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
How Do People Use Plants?
What's Wrong with This Picture?
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
All About Fossils
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

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

Printables for Grades 9-12

Comparing Monocots and Dicots
The Parts of a Flower
Rain Forest Foods and Spices
Life Science Test: Plant Structure and Function
What Are the Parts of a Seed?
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
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
Plant Terminology Quiz
Do You Know About Plants? Quiz

Graphic Organizers

Ways to Help the Environment
What Is in Soil?
In a Garden
Looking at Leaves
The Growth of a Radish Seed
Land and Water
A Seed Chart
More Plant Graphic Organizers

Earth Day Activities

Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Seeds Word Search
Gardening with Kids
Tissue Flower Craft
Understanding Chlorophyll
There's an Owl in the Shower
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Arbor Day Activities

Autumn Tree
Winter Trees Tree Identification Handout
Comparing Tree Heights
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Project Ideas
Science Skill: Observing Trees
Trees the Seasons
Our Friend the Tree
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
Decorative Leaf Rubbings
Science Fun: An Apple a Day
More Plant Resources for Art Class

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Forest
Eye Wonder: Plant
Ready, Set Grow!
Eyewitness: Plant
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
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Alice & Greta Mystery Maze
Girlwood Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Plants

Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Flower Parts
Flower Power Crossword Puzzle
All About a Venus Flytrap
Desert Ecology Reading Warm-Up
Different Leaves: Unscramble Me!
Science Key Term Review: Plant Structure and Function
Seed Dispersal Word Power
More Popular Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Plant Resources for Math Class

Investigate Activity: Estimating and Measuring Mass
Pear Flash Cards
Spider Plants
Addition Practice and Connect the Dots
How High is that Tree? Part II
Food for Your State
Math in Science: Tallying
More Plant Resources for Math Class

Science Activities on Plants

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

Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Summer Crossword Puzzle
Summer Herbs to Identify
Cool-Weather and Warm-Weather Crops
Autumn Veggies and Fruits
Traveling Seeds
Traveling Seeds Worksheet
Experiment in Chromatography
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Plant Physiology Resources

Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
What Is Inside a Seed?
Insects in the Garden
Plant Cells
Flower Pollination
Modeling an Angiosperm
More Popular Plant Physiology Resources

Flower Resources

Cherry Blossoms of Washington, D.C.
Wildflowers and Their Families
Time to Bloom!
Flower Power Vocabulary
Dried Flowers and Leaves
Darling Daffodil
Investigate Activity: Observing the Parts of Flowers
More Flower Resources

Rain Forest Resources

Rain Forest Products
Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
South American Tropical Rain Forests
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Tropical Rain Forests
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
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
Where Do Organisms Come From?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
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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