Early Childhood

Plant Cycle Kindergarten

Hello, I am working on a lesson plan for the life cycle of a plant for kindergarten, I have an activity where my students will assemble a flower and label the different parts of it. Does anyone have any other activity ideas?

Thanks!

Krysha Walsh
Krysha Walsh
375 Activity Points

Hi Krysha, I have done a lesson with flowers and I would suggest that you bring in real flowers and have the students examine them and then find all of the parts of flower on the actual flower. I would also suggest since your lesson is on the life cycle of plant that you could have your students plant their own flowers and everyday have the students make observations on what has changed with the plants each day. I have learned that students learn best when given hands on opportunities to learn such as with the real flowers for learing the different parts of the plant as well as having the students plant their own flowers.

Kaleigh Greufe
Kaleigh Greufe
2555 Activity Points

Hi Krysha!

I am a student at the University of Northern Iowa studying Early Childhood Education and I am currently taking a science methods course. I recently taught a lesson all about plants and their needs to a Kindergarten class in which we braught in 4 different types of plants and had them draw/write observations in their journals. I think in your plan to study the life cyclce of a plant, you could do the same thing but have the students each grow their own plant and document it's changes throughout its life cycle. This would be a great way for them to truly experience a real plant and be an engaging hands-on project which is so important for our students. I think your idea of assembling a plant and labeling it would be a great introductory activity to this as well! Best of luck.

Rylee Flege
Rylee Flege
2075 Activity Points

Hello Krysha,
If you're teaching about life cycles of flowering plants you should try to incorporate the other life stages as well.

One of the best ways is by growing plants from seeds. Using peas or beans you can show the different life stages with a minimal budget. I've seen seed packs in discount stores. I'm sure you're aware of the plastic baggie and wet paper towel activity. It is great! I recommend that you soak the peas or beans overnight before the students set up their little green house bags. In a short time students will see where plants come from and you can discuss the different parts of an adult plant. Go for a walk outside and have students identify the same structures in the plants and trees they see.

Flowers are how plants create the next generation. Although cut-outs and diagrams are good, I prefer to use cheap, fresh flowers and dissect the different parts. (Check for students with pollen allergies.) Make sure to cut open the ovary, usually a harder, thicker section just below the petals. These contain tiny ovules - unfertilized ‘seeds’ waiting for pollen. Have the students play with the pollen - which is especially noticeable if you get lilies! Show students how to use magnifiers to see the ovules and get closer looks at the other structures on their flowers.

Bring in fresh pea and bean pods from the grocery store and have the students open them up to see the seeds. Pick up some apples and they can have a snack and you can show them the seeds inside. Where did the apple, peas and beans come from? Flowers! Photos or a walk to fruit trees in bloom will connect the two. Think of all the discussions you can have about the fruit we eat and how they all have seeds! Consider incorporating talk about pollinators, particularly bees.


Check out Peggy Ashcroft's article here in the Learning Center:
Early Years Flower Exploration
Or online:
Instructables Flower Dissection

Hope this helps,

Gabe Kraljevic

 

Gabe Kraljevic
Gabe Kraljevic
3478 Activity Points

Other activity ideas that you may want to incorporate into the lesson is discussing with the students that the life cycle of most plants begin with a seed and ends with a fully-grown plant. Connect the lesson to their lives where you can make a discussion asking students: Where do we see plants?; Or what are some things plants need to grow? After discussion, you can show the students a small video of the life cycle of a plant or simply read them a book like From Seed to Plant. Discuss the video or story afterward then begin your activity with the flower and labeling the different parts. You may want to assess your students' understanding of the lesson by reviewing their worksheets after they're completed.

 

A video from YouTube about the life cycle of plants for kindergarten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GBp-GTnXW4

Alicia Salazar
Alicia Salazar
55 Activity Points

Hi Krysha, your activity sounds like an engaging experience for kindergarteners! To add to your activity, I think incorporating an exploration of live plants would be a great learning experience as well. This will allow students to apply their knowledge of the plant parts from the diagram to real plants they encounter outside. Best of luck!

Morgan Fletcher
Morgan Fletcher
405 Activity Points

Years ago, I adapted a song by Meish Goldish that I have found very effective.  I tried to upload it, but the site got funky, so I put it at the bottom of the post instead.  We act it out as well,

roots:  squatting (usually bounding a littleas we tap the ground)

stems:  standing from the squat, return to squat, stand again

leaves:  extend arms without touch friends, and flap arms

flowers:  extend arms, curl to tap top of head

seeds:  return to a squat or twist and wave with feet planted,

bulns. runners:  return to squat, exnted arms to side

 

I have also varied it for different seed transmissions:The seeds of the plant stuck to the fur, the seeds of the plant blew in the wind, the seeds of plant were eaten by a bird (we usually use goldfinches)

 

And since not all plants are propagated by seed, I’ve used

The bulb of the plant divides underground

the runners of the plant gorw underground

 

Have fun!

Anne

 

Song  Parts of Plants

(Tune:  Wheels on the Bus)

 

 

The roots of a plant grow underground

underground, underground

The roots of a plant grow underground

Roots are parts of plants

 

The stems of a plant hold up the leaves

up the leaves, up the leaves

The stems of a plant hold up the leaves

Stems are parts of plants

 

The leaves of a plant make food from the sun

food from the sun, food from the sun

The leaves of a plant make food from the sun

leaves are parts of plants

 

The flowers of a plant are growing seeds

growing seeds, growing seeds

The flowers of a plant are growing seeds

flowers are parts of plants

 

Seeds of a plant drop to the ground

drop to the ground, drop to the ground

The seeds of a plant drop to the ground

Seeds are the start of plants

 

 

Adapted From:  101 Science Poems and Songs for Young Learners

by Meish Goldish               Schlolastic Professional Books 1996

ISBN 059096369

 

 

Anne Lowry
Anne Lowry
3045 Activity Points

I completed a similar project with students in a daycare setting. There is an image uploaded to this post showing that. Another activity I have done in a kindergarten classroom was teaching students about the life cycle of a pumpkin. The specific class in which I taught the lesson went on a field trip to an orchard and farm, and we completed the activity to go along with it. I will attach a file of that information, as well. We did a class reading about the life cycle of a pumpkin with the big book: Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington. We discussed the cycle in depth, completing an interactive activity on the board where students put the steps in order. Then, students completed the final project which is attached to this comment.

Hope this helps!

 

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Megan VanSkyock
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