How to teach kids about the parts of a plant

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How to teach kids about the parts of a plant
Teach your students the different parts of a flower. (Lilly Plant image by Carlos from Fotolia.com)

Teach your kids the parts of a plant with hands-on learning techniques. A roomful of kids with their noses in a science books can quickly lead to disinterest and boredom. Engage your students with a variety of fun activities that look more like playtime than work time to keep your kids interested and eager to learn the parts of a plant.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Chalk
  • Blackboard
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Safety scissors
  • Student glue
  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Ask your students the names of plants that they know and write them on the board. This will give you a sense of what they already know, so you can focus your lesson on new material. Consider grouping the plants by type, and see if your students can make the connection.

  2. 2

    Give your students a plant vocabulary sheet and then explain the parts of a plant using a diagram. Relate the vocabulary back to the plants the students previously listed. This will help your students remember new material because instead of relying on rote memorisation they will connect it with what they already know.

  3. 3

    Create colouring book-style diagrams with instructions to colour each part of the plant a different colour. As the kids colour each part, have them think or say the name of the part they are colouring. This focuses their attention and makes learning fun.

  4. 4

    Give your students a plant vocabulary matching worksheet to test their memory. You will get a good sense of what was actually retained in that day's lesson plan and what you should review again in the future.

  5. 5

    Hold a fact-finding scavenger hunt. Give your students a list of questions and then hide the answers on fact cards around the classroom.

  6. 6

    Have your students make their own plants out of construction paper and pipe cleaners. Give them brown pipe cleaners for the roots and green pipe cleaners for the stems. Cut out the leaves and flower petals for your students if they are very young. When they are finished, ask your students to present their plants and point out what each part does.

  7. 7

    Distribute flowers to your students to pull apart and make their own live diagram. Have your students glue the parts of the flower down to a sheet of paper and then label the different parts of the plant. By working hands-on with actual plants, your students will gain a practical understanding of the lesson that a diagram can't match.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with parents about student allergies before bringing foliage into the classroom.

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