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Plants: Form and Function

Plants: Form and Function

Roots, stems, leaves, transport, life cycles and reproduction, nutrition, adaptations, development

  • Do Plants Need Light?

    Do Plants Need Light?Lesson

    Students learn about plant growth and development by conducting an experiment that demonstrates the importance of light to plants.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Food Webs

    Food WebsLesson

    Students construct possible food webs for six different ecosystems and learn about producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores and decomposers.

    Grades: 3-5
  • How Does Gravity Affect Root Growth?

    How Does Gravity Affect Root Growth?Lesson

    Students create a simple plant experiment chamber, and use corn or bean seeds to test the effects of gravity (gravitropism) on root growth.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • How Does Light Affect Root Growth?

    How Does Light Affect Root Growth?Lesson

    Students build an experiment chamber to test the effects of light on Brassica rapa roots, and compare their results with outcomes from plant experiments conducted aboard the ISS.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • How Does Microgravity Affect Plant Growth?

    How Does Microgravity Affect Plant Growth?Lesson

    Students build a clinostat, conduct an experiment to learn how microgravity affects plant root growth, and compare their results with those of experiments conducted aboard the ISS.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Needs of Plants

    Needs of PlantsLesson

    Students make mini-gardens and observe the growth and development of radishes.

    Grades: K-2
  • Plant or Animal?

    Plant or Animal?Lesson

    Students explore two major kinds of living things, plants and animals, and compare their needs.

    Grades: K-2
  • Plant Parts You Eat

    Plant Parts You EatLesson

    Students observe and investigate different plant-originated foods, and learn about plant parts.

    Grades: 3-5