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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

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

Printables for Grades K-1

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

Printables for Grades 2-5

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Photosynthesis Worksheet
Plant Graph
Plant Parts
Careers: Who Am I?
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Fruits and Vegetables List
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Flower Parts
Structure of a Typical Flower
Seeds Word Search
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
More Popular Plant Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

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

Lesson Plans

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

Earth Day Activities

Gardening with Kids
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
There's an Owl in the Shower
Plant Products
Box Up Your Habitat
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day
Winter Trees Tree Identification Handout
Autumn Tree
Plants Printable Book (Grades 2-6)
Finish the Song Title
Arbor Day Book
What Are the Physics of a Tree?
More Arbor Day Activities

Plant Resources for Art Class

Fruit Patterns
Plant Pollination
Dried Flowers and Leaves
Make a Dried Bouquet
Science Fun: An Apple a Day
Darling Daffodil
Life Cycle Charts
More Plant Resources for Art Class

Digital Books

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

Literature & Plants Connected

Literature & Math: Stories About Flowers
Poke & Look Learning Books
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
Reading Warm-Up 81 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Literature & Math: If You Give a Moose a Muffin & What If?
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades 9-12
More Literature Resources on Plants

Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

All About a Venus Flytrap
Flower Power Crossword Puzzle
Eyewitness Plant Printables
Traveling Seeds Vocabulary
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Plants: Vocabulary 1
Plant Structure and Function: Vocabulary
More Popular Plant Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Plant Resources for Math Class

Investigate Activity: Estimating and Measuring Mass
Family Activities: Plant a Garden
Seed Package Math
Addition Practice and Connect the Dots
What Do the Roots and Stems Do?
Math Fun with Plants
Spider Plants
More Plant Resources for Math Class

Science Activities on Plants

All About Fossils
Go, Seeds, Go!
Classification Puzzle
Plants Printables Slideshow
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Traveling Seeds
More Popular Science Activities on Plants

Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

What's Wrong with This Picture?
Summer Crossword Puzzle
Summer Herbs to Identify
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
Cool-Weather and Warm-Weather Crops
Autumn Veggies and Fruits
Experiment in Chromatography
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Plant Physiology Resources

What Is Inside a Seed?
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Plant Cells
Explore Activity: A Sunflower Seed Grows
Insects in the Garden
Explore Activity: What a Plant Needs
Flower Pollination
More Popular Plant Physiology Resources

Flower Resources

Flowers Word Search
The Parts of a Flower
Investigate Activity: Observing the Parts of Flowers
How Do Flowering Plants Reproduce?
May Basket
Pussy Willows
Tissue Garden
More Flower Resources

Rain Forest Resources

Food Web
Rain Forest Products
Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
Tropical Rain Forests
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
South American Tropical Rain Forests
More Rain Forests: Teacher Resources

Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

How Do People Use Plants?
The Popcorn Plant
Cherry Blossoms of Washington, D.C.
Women Nobel Prize Winners in Science
George Washington Carver
Science and Social Studies: House Plants
Science and Technology: Planting Trees
More Plant Resources for Social Studies Class

Plants & History Connected

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

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