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Life Science: What Makes Things Grow? Collection

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Lesson ideas and knowledge resources for teachers of life science in the elementary science classroom

Elementary Kindergarten

Resources in “Life Science: What Makes Things Grow?” Collection

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Needs of Seeds Book Chapter
Worms Out of This World! Journal Article
Science 101: Q: How Do We Distinguish Between Living and Nonliving Things? Journal Article
Wendell's World of the Weird and Wacky - Leaves

This video, presented in the form of a game show, introduces students to the unusual leaves of some plants and how they help the plant survive. It is a nice introduction to a study of plant structures and functions or as a discucssion starter for further research about how plants meet their needs in a variety of environments. It can also be used as an extension activity, after a plant unit of stud ...

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Let's Plan an Experiment: What do Plants Need?

Students learn the needs of plants by designing and conducting experiments that control the amount of water and light the plants receive. They measure plant growth over time using non-standard measurements and record their findings using comparative graphs which they analyze to draw conclusions about the needs of living things. Click on the link to view the associated activity (Light Plants and Da ...

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The Poetry of Plants

This resource is divided into two sections, one for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5. The K-2 lesson uses a rhyming picture book, Do You Know Which Will Grow? as a springboard to discuss the differences between living and nonliving things. Students will learn about the basic needs of plants: air, water, and sunlight.

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My Favorite Tree Book Chapter
Ladybugs Across the Curriculum Journal Article
Science 101: How Do Earthworms Function? Journal Article
Bee-Wild About Pollinators! Journal Article
Interdependence of Life: Organisms and Their Environments Science Objects have been retired and replaced with Interactive E-books
Formative Assessment Probes: Needs of Seeds Journal Article
4 Observing Earthworms Book Chapter