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The Great Plant Escape

found in: arts; language arts; math; sciencesocial studies; grades 3-5

The Great Plant Escape is an interdisciplinary (math, science, language arts, social studies, music, art) plant science program for 4th and 5th grade. The site offers six cases, glossary, teacher’s guide, and links to offsite children’s gardening resources, lesson plans, activities, and more. Each case includes a case brief, facts, mysteries, and activities. The site is in English and Spanish.

In Case 1, students identify the different parts of plants, what each part does, and how plants grow. The lesson has three activities including What Parts Of The Plant Do We Eat? that has a printable worksheet to categorize editable plants under six headings: roots, seeds, leaves, fruits, flowers, and stems.

In Case 6, students report on their lettuce growing experiences. One activity How Did You Lettuce Grow asks students to evaluate the quality of their lettuce plants started as part of Case 1. Students can send photos of their plant growing successes to Bud and Sprout's Indoor Garden Gallery.

And don’t miss the related website, The Adventures of Herman the Worm,  that explores the history of earth worms since their introduction by European settlers during the 1600's and 1700's.

By the way, teachers can request two free posters: Great Plant Escape and The Adventures of Herman the Worm at the School Online Poster Offer.


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