All About Plants
Today we will be learning about how plants grow. A lot of us have experience planting seeds and putting flowers into the ground, but we often don’t get to “see” what’s happening below the surface because the dirt is in the way. In our experiment today, we’ll actually get to see the growth of a seed up close and personal! Let’s start by learning the parts of a plant and seeing how the grow. Younger kiddos, watch the Brain Pop Jr. video and older kids, watch both of them.
Parts of a Plant by Brain Pop Jr. GRADES K-5 Click on the title to go to BrainPOP Jr. **Username: shelterrock Password: brainpop
Plant Growth by Brain Pop GRADES 4++. Click on the title to go to BrainPOP **Username: shelterrock Password: brainpop
Let’s play a game to see how well you know the parts!
Grades K-2: Plant Part Labeling Click on the title to go to the game
Grades 2-5: Parts of a Plant Click on the title to go to the game
What things do plants need to grow?
Experiment Time: Grow your own bean!
You’re learned that one of the things seeds/plants need to grow is space. Usually that space is in dirt, so it makes it difficult to see much of what is going on. Today, we’re going to give the seed, or in our case the bean, space in a ziplock baggie with a wet paper towel. Although this wouldn’t be the proper environment to grow a seed/plant long term, it’s a great way for us to get to see what’s going on in the beginning stages of seed/plant growth. Materials: ziplock bag, a few dried beans (preferably lima beans if you can find them), a paper towel, water, tape (to tape it to the window)