Fun Plant Science Activities!

October 15th, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, March 16, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader range, with parental supervision)

The University of Illinois Extension offers these free, fun science activities that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life! The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art.

The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be altered for the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some tips on how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

1) In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.

2) Soiled Again – Learn about the composition or soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.

3) Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.   4) Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.

5) Mysterious Parts that Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.

6) You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.

Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants. 

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