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Grade Range
Kindergarden
Group Size
2 students
Active Time
90 minutes
Total Time
90 minutes
Area of Science
Plant Biology
Key Concepts
Plants' basic needs
Learning Objectives
  • Name the four basic needs of a plant.
  • Compare the appearance of a healthy and unhealthy plant.
  • Describe the consequences of not providing a plant with its basic needs.
Credits
Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
Drawn diagrams show plants need water, light, soil of nutrients and air to survive

Overview

In this lesson, students will role-play a consultation between a plant scientist and a plant owner. The goal is for the plant scientist to identify what is wrong with the plant based on the information given by the plant owner. As they evaluate what the unhealthy plant has or doesn't have, students will realize that plants need four things (air, water, light, and soil) to live and grow.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Construct an argument with evidence to support a claim.
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms. All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow.
Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction. Events have causes that generate observable patterns

Materials


Lesson plan printouts about plants

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Grade Range
Kindergarden
Group Size
2 students
Active Time
90 minutes
Total Time
90 minutes
Area of Science
Plant Biology
Key Concepts
Plants' basic needs
Credits
Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
Learning Objectives
  • Name the four basic needs of a plant.
  • Compare the appearance of a healthy and unhealthy plant.
  • Describe the consequences of not providing a plant with its basic needs.
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