From Seed to Plant
This site provides a 12-lesson unit plan for teaching elementary students about plants and includes lessons on plant parts, benefits and uses of plants, needs of plants, and plant growth. Suitable for grades 3-5.
This hands-on lesson plan is designed to introduce elementary students to the parts of a flower through an observational lab activity. Suitable for grades 3-5; may be modified for use in grades 6-8.
In this lesson, students will learn about the parts of a flower through dissection. The student handout includes lab procedures, data collection sections, and analysis questions, as well as an extension activity for students who finish early. Suitable for grades 6-8; may be modified for use in grades 3-5.
This lesson from Discovery Education is designed to teach middle-school students about the anatomy of flowering plants and how that anatomy is related to pollination. This lesson plan includes ideas for extension, evaluation guidelines, and discussion questions. Suitable for grades 6-8.
Many Uses of Plants
In this lesson, students investigate the many common uses for plants. The lesson plan includes student handouts and extension options. Suitable for use in grades 6-8.
Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
This set of three lesson plans from the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies teaches students about the process of pollination. In Lesson 1, students act out pollination. In Lesson 2, students design a “bee-free barbecue” to demonstrate the importance of insect pollinators. In Lesson 3, students examine the complementary adaptations of plant-pollinator pairs. Resources available on this site include student handouts and activity pages. Suitable for grades 6-8; may be modified for use in grades 3-5 or 9-12.
This lab-based lesson plan teaches students about germination and variables that can positively or negatively affect germination, such as temperature and gravity. Suitable for grades 6-8; may be modified for use in grades 3-5 or 9-12.
This lesson plan, developed through a partnership between the New York Times and the Bank Street College of Education, teaches students about plant growth and reproduction through observations, reading activities, and a plant growth lab. Suitable for grades 6-12.
Mutualism and Co-Evolution of Flowering Plants and Pollinators
This extensive unit plan provides seven weeks of lesson plans to teach students about flowering plants and their close relationships with pollinators. The lessons span a variety of teaching methods, from videos to class discussions to hands-on labs, including one in which students grow pollen tubes using a sucrose solution. Suitable for grades 9-12; parts of the unit plan may be modified for use in grades 3-8.
American Field Guide: Flowers and Plants
This three-lesson unit plan from PBS teaches high school students about the anatomy and classification of flowering plants, the genetic basis of inheritance for flowering plants, and the biodiversity of and future prospects for flowering plants. The lesson plans include video links, student handouts, and answer keys. Suitable for grades 9-12; may be modified for use in grades 6-8.