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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

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

Printables for Grades K-1

Summer Crossword Puzzle
Plant Parts
Growth Cycle of Plants
Insects in the Garden
What's Wrong with This Picture?
How a Seed Grows -- Little Book
Plants & Trees Printable Book (Grades K-4)
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Printables for Grades 2-5

Photosynthesis Worksheet
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Plant Parts
Food From Plants and Animals
Careers: Who Am I?
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Fruits and Vegetables List
Structure of a Typical Flower
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

What Are the Parts of a Seed?
Rain Forest Foods and Spices
What Are Seeds and Fruits?
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Comparing Monocots and Dicots
Life Science Test: Plant Structure and Function
More Plant Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Quizzes

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

Graphic Organizers

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

Earth Day Activities

Tissue Flower Craft
Gardening with Kids
Crepe Paper Flower
Understanding Chlorophyll
There's an Owl in the Shower
Photosynthesis
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Arbor Day Activities

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Project Ideas
Science Reading Warm-Up: Trees
Science and Technology: Planting Trees
Science Skill: Observing Trees
What Are Some Kinds of Plants?
Trees the Seasons
A Tree is Nice Book -- Little Book
More Arbor Day Activities

Plant Resources for Art Class

Make a Dried Bouquet
Fruit Patterns
Plant Pollination
Tissue Garden
Flower and Leaf Press
Burlap Flowers
Science Fun: What Can You Make?
More Plant Resources for Art Class

Digital Books

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

Literature & Plants Connected

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

Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Reading Warm-Up: Tundra
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Plants & Pollination Vocab & Photo Flashcards
Science Reading Warm-Up: Lightning
Science Reading Warm-Up: Leaves & Seasons
Science Reading Warm-Up: Plant Reproduction
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
How High is that Tree? Part II
What Do the Roots and Stems Do?
Math Fun with Plants
All About Fruit
More Plant Resources for Math Class

Science Activities on Plants

Go, Seeds, Go!
All About Fossils
How Does Your Garden Grow?
An Edible Experiment
From Seed to Plant
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
Fall Crossword Puzzle I
Cool-Weather and Warm-Weather Crops
Herbs in the Classroom
Pumpkin Seed Snack
Traveling Seeds
A Seasonal Terrarium
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Plant Physiology Resources

Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
What Is Inside a Seed?
Flower Pollination
What Did You See?
Corn and Beans
How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
How Do Flowering Plants Reproduce?
More Popular Plant Physiology Resources

Flower Resources

Flowers Word Search
Flower Power Vocabulary
Wildflowers and Their Families
Science, Technology and Society: Pollinators
Investigate Activity: Observing the Parts of Flowers
The Growing Flower
Darling Daffodil
More Flower Resources

Rain Forest Resources

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

Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

Women Nobel Prize Winners in Science
George Washington Carver
Science and Social Studies: House Plants
Be a Christmas Tree Detective
Peanut Products
All-Purpose Soybeans
The Popcorn Plant
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

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