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Reading Plants


Vocabulary Primary
 
Vocabulary Secondary
 
Lesson Plans: 
Grades   
Rooting into the Soil: Examining the relationship between plants, soil, and water 
4-8 
Mini-Ecosystems: Venus flytrap terrariums as a study of plant adaptations 
4-8
The lesson plans below were made possible through
a generous grant from the Homeland Foundation.
 
 
What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Light
3-6
What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Air
3-6
What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Water
3-6
What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Soil  3-6
Learning from Leaves:  A Look at Leaf Color
3-6
Learning from Leaves:  A Look at Leaf Size
3-6
Learning from Leaves:  Adaptations to Differing Light Levels   3-6
Learning from Leaves:  From Observation to Inference 
4-6
Learning from Leaves:  Adaptation Scavenger Hunt 
3-6
Making Community Measurements:  Which Plant Part?  3-6
Making Community Measurements:  Abiotic Factors 
3-6
Making Community Measurements:  Biotic Factors   3-6


Supporting materials:

Habitats of the World, from the Discovery Channel
This lesson encourages students to make a thorough study of habitat types. Site includes discussion questions, extensions, and vocabulary.

Observe a Leaf, from the LessonPlansPage.com
This lesson starts with leaf observations, and can be extended to leaf collections.


Discovering Plants


Vocabulary
 
Lesson Plans:
Grades
Why is an Apple Like a Suitcase?  The Importance of Fruit and Seeds in Plant Reproduction   K-2 
Experiments in Tea Dying   K-2
Smelling Up a Storm:  Examining the relationship between plants and scents
 
K-3
Weaving Cotton 
K-3


Supporting materials:

A Plant Civilization poster is for sale from The Huntington's Botanical Division.  You can print the booklet that describes this poster in PDF.

Cotton's Journey from the Alaca Company
A good source for cotton-related books and materials.


Seeds & Sprouts


Vocabulary
Lesson Plans:
 
Grades
 
Seeing Seeds 
K-1 

 


Japanese Garden Vocabulary

 

Vocabulary
 
Grades
 
Japanese Stone Lanterns:  Culture and Decoration in the Japanese Garden     4-7
Gyotaku:  Japanese Fish Painting 
4-7
Haiku:  Writing and observation in the Japanese Garden   4-7
Seasonal Scroll Painting:  Art and observation in the Japanese Garden 
4-7
Exploring the Elements of a Japanese Garden through the Book Arts  4-7
Zen Gardens:  Design elements and symbolism in The Huntington Japanese Garden   4-7

 


CSI: Conservatory Science Investigation


Vocabulary

Lesson Plans:
 
Grades
 
Dissect-a-Flower    6-8 
Pollen Collection: Who's in your school yard?    6-8
Fruit Salad: Hold the DNA, please  6-8

 



 


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