Week 1: Plants

Today we are going to talk about plants.
(Show students two objects, one of which is a plant).


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Which of these do you think is a plant?

Before we start, let's go over some key vocabulary when talking about plants.

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Leaves are parts of a plant that make food for the pant.

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Roots are the part of a plant that take in water from the ground.

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Sunlight is light from the sun.
Plants need water, light, air, and space to live. Most plants get light from the sun. Light from the sun is called sunlight.


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Some plants need a lot of light, other plants do not need much light.
Some plants need more water than other plants. A plant's leaves may sag if they do not get enough water. You can grow healthy plants if you know how what they need.

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Which plant is not getting enough water?

Plants need space to get the air, sunlight, and water they need. Large plants need a lot of space to grow. Small plants do not need as much space as large plants.

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Big trees need more space than small flowers.

How are the needs of large plants and small plants different? (Large plants need more space than small plants)







Week 2/Review on plants

The past week we talked about plants,
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who remembers the four main parts a plant?

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They are the roots ( which take in water from the ground and help to keep the plant in the ground),

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The stem (which connects the roots to other plant parts and also holds up the plant),

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the leaves (which make food for a plant),
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and the flower (which is the part that makes the leaves).

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We also talked about the things that plants need to grow?
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The roots of a plant dig deep into the soil (loose top layer of the earth) to find water and nutrients. What do you think would happen if a plant didn't have any roots? Could it survive?

(pass worksheet out to students. Complete with students)

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Last week we saw 4 beautiful, healthy plants. We cut the roots off of one of them, the leaves off another, didn't water one of them, and took great care of the 4th plant.
Here is a picture of the plants shortly after we began our experiment.

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Which plant do you think will be the healthiest in 2 weeks?