I. OVERVIEW OF THE LESSON
* 30-45 Minutes
*Whole group; then small group
II. PENNSYLVANIA STATE STANDARDS
3.1.3.A3: Illustrate how plants and animals go through predictable life cycles that include birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death.
III. GENERAL OBJECTIVE
Students will understand the parts of the flower and the steps involved in planting a flower.
IV. BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVE
After a short introduction on flowers, students will sing the song “A Plant Song” while doing a related activity. Students will then plant their own flowers. Students are to plant their flowers with the help of the teacher.
V. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
* Potting soil
*21 plastic cups
*Lyrics to “A Plant Song”
*21 copies of the worksheet
*Materials for the activity relating to the song
*21 copies of the word search
*MOTIVATION and INTRODUCTION
1. The teacher will ask the class if they’ve seen flowers on their way to school. If they did, the teacher will ask them questions about the flowers.
1. The teacher will tell the class that they are going to sing a song about the parts of a flower. As they sing the song, the teacher will pause after each stanza and ask the class which part was mentioned. The students will also participate in a whole- class activity relating to the song. The teacher will have the song lyrics written on chart paper that will be displayed on the board. The activity will be done as follows: there will be a paper on the board with pieces of velcro where the parts of the flower should be. The teacher will also provide the parts of the flower made out of construction paper; the parts will have velcro on the back so it sticks to the paper. After each stanza is sung the students will decide which part was mentioned, find the flower part, and put it on the paper on the board. After singing the song and finding all the parts of the flower, the students will have made a flower on the board.
2. Once the song is over, the teacher will tell the class that they will be planting their own flowers.
3. One group of students will plant their flowers at a time, with the help of the teacher.
4. While one group is planting the flowers with the teacher, the other four groups will be working on worksheet: students are to draw a flower, cut out the labels at the bottom of the page and glue the labels to the correct part (roots, stem, leaves, petals).
*SUMMARY AND CLOSURE
1. If students finish the worksheet early, they will do a word search on flowers.
1. The teacher will use a rubric to assess the students during the lesson. The students will be assessed based on their participation and cooperation.
The activity involving the planting of the seeds was adapted from the following:
2009). 3 fun and informative earth day
lesson plans for 2009. Retrieved