Age and Grade Requirements
- Age: 5-6 years old
- Grade: Kindergarten
By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:
- Identify and name parts of plants and their functions.
- Understand the basic needs of plants for growth and survival.
- Explore the life cycle of plants, from seed to maturity.
- Enhance creativity through arts and crafts activities.
- Gain exposure to basic concepts of science, history, and geography related to plants.
Schedule (5 Days)
Day 1: Introduction to Plants
- Introduction to the concept of plants and their importance
- Identify and discuss parts of a plant (e.g., roots, stems, leaves)
- Arts and crafts: Create a “Parts of a Plant” diagram
Day 2: Plant Needs and Photosynthesis
- Focus on the basic needs of plants: Discuss sunlight, water, soil, and air
- Learn about photosynthesis and how plants make food
- Science experiment: Observe plant growth under different light conditions
Day 3: Life Cycle of Plants
- Explore the life cycle of plants: From seed to seedling, growth, flowering, and seed production
- Engage in a hands-on planting activity: Plant seeds in pots or cups
- Arts and crafts: Create a flipbook illustrating the stages of a plant’s life cycle
Day 4: Flowers and Pollination
- Focus on flowers and their role in pollination
- Discuss the importance of bees and other pollinators
- Reading a related storybook
Day 5: Plants Around the World and Culmination
- Discuss different types of plants found in various regions of the world
- Geography component: Identify famous gardens and botanical sites
- Culmination activity: Create a “Plant Art Gallery” showcasing student artwork inspired by different types of plants
Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)
- “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle Amazon Link
- “From Seed to Plant” by Gail Gibbons Amazon Link
- “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert Amazon Link
Recommended Video Links
- SciShow Kids: “The Life Cycle of Plants” YouTube Link
- Peep and the Big Wide World: “Plants Are Alive” YouTube Link
- National Geographic Kids: “Photosynthesis: How Plants Make Food” YouTube Link
Arts and Crafts Activity
Create “Plant Collage”: Provide various materials (colored paper, tissue paper, buttons, etc.) for students to create a collage of different parts of a plant.
“Light and Plant Growth”: Observe how plants respond to different light conditions by placing some plants in sunlight and others in a shaded area.
Create a “Plant Art Gallery” in the classroom, displaying student artwork inspired by different types of plants.
Discuss biblical references to plants, such as the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9) and the imagery of the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8-9), exploring the significance of plants in spiritual contexts.