Nature provides many rich opportunities for exploration, and spring is a particularly good time to head outdoors. While most preschool students have planted a seed in a paper cup, by early elementary school, students are ready to take science explorations to a higher level. In this unit, activities focus on plants and trees — their life cycles, the elements they need to grow and flourish, and the impact of the environment on their growth and other characteristics.
Growing Seeds

In these activities, students will practice their science skills as they observe, describe, measure, and record plant growth; recognize elements plants need for growth; compare growth of different plants; and describe the effects of the environment on plant growth. In Flowerpots, Zinnias, and Butterflies, they will also express themselves creatively by decorating flowerpots.
Life Cycles

Students explore the life cycle of a tree as well as conduct a simple experiment to discover what happens when plants die. They will identify and compare seasonal changes that occur in a tree, as well as recognize that things change over time. They also observe rot and learn about ways in which it is a useful process.

These reproducibles encourage students to practice classification skills and compare and contrast plants and animals. Students will also recognize that different kinds of plants and animals belong to different environments, and older students will use a Venn diagram for classification.
What Do Plants Need?

With poems on an outdoor theme and related activities, students can experience poetry in the form of songs and identify elements plants need for survival, as well as recognize the impact of human behavior on the environment. In Spring Is Sprung, the Dirtmeister reminds students that plants need water for survival, and students make predictions and observations as they find out how water moves in plants.
The Cloud Book
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