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Subject: Science (K - 3)
Title: April Showers Brings May Flowers
Description: In this lesson you will use the technology tool Popplet and will have students include facts and/or pictures about plants and flowers. While using Popplet you can sort out the different facts about plants. Using a tool like this will help students graph and visually sort out all the material as well as understand the material more easily. 

Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Nature's Life Cycle
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (, characteristics of living things will be explored.  Auntie Litter challenges the Litter Patrol to determine which of three green plants is alive.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.

Subject: Science (3), or Science (5)
Title: Life is a Breath of Fresh Air
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (, air pollution will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.

Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.

Subject: Science (3), or Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Description: This unit will allow students to explore the world of plants and bees. Students will have the opportunity to observe plant growth, preform a plant life cycle play, and work on a multimedia presentation during this unit. The students will utilize the Internet to collect information about plants and bees during this lesson. This unit is a fun and interactive way for students to gain knowledge about plants and bees.

Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Jack's Beans
Description: During this lesson, the classic story of Jack and the Bean Stalk will spark an interest in plants with students. Students will explore the Internet, take a nature walk, and make observations to learn more about plants. A brochure will demonstrate their knowledge of plants.

Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Honey Bees
Description: The students will do research to learn the various functions of bees within the hive and understand the process of making honey. Students will use numerous resources to find their information including the Internet, library books, encyclopedias, and their science textbooks.

Subject: Mathematics (K - 3), or Science (3), or Science (2)
Title: What do Plants Need?
Description: In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.

Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What Kind of Plant Is It?
Description: This lesson provides a fun way for students to learn to classify plants as vascular and nonvascular. Students will use drawing software to create pictures of vascular and nonvascular plants.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans

Subject: Science
Title: What Plants Need to Grow CROPS      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students explore how to grow plants and learn what kinds of things promote growth (warmth, sunlight, water, soil). Their activities involve learning about how seeds and plants grow and participating in a simple, in-class gardening project. Contains investigation / experiment
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2

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