ALEX Learning Activity

What Are the Steps in a Plant's Life Cycle?

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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Author: Casaundra Taylor
System:Huntsville City
School:Academy For Academics & Arts
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1710
What Are the Steps in a Plant's Life Cycle?
Digital Tool/Resource:
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In this activity, students will sequence the life cycle of a plant. After reading the story students will work in small groups to put the life cycle in order using sequence cards and then add movement to their life cycle. 

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: K
3 ) Distinguish between living and nonliving things and verify what living things need to survive (e.g., animals needing food, water, and air; plants needing nutrients, water, sunlight, and air).

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.K.3- Sort a group of items based on whether the items are living or nonliving.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: K
7) Demonstrate movement and stillness using the basic elements of space, including line, shape, levels, and size.

Examples: Join with others to make a circle, then work with others to change it to a square.

Create a curved shape on a low level.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Targets

I can:

  • sequence the life cycle of a plant.
  • work with my group to create movements that represent the life cycle of a plant.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  • The teacher will review the parts of the plant with the students.
  • Students can use lifecycle sequence cards or sequence worksheets found on Teachers Pay Teachers for free. 
  • The teacher will read From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.
  • After reading, discuss as a class how a seed becomes a plant.
  • Divide students into groups of four.
  • Students will use sequence cards to put the life cycle of the plant in the correct order. Link below- (free on TPT)
  • The students will work in a small group to create a dance of the life cycle to include: seed, sprout, roots, stem, and plant. The teacher will monitor as students are working to check for understanding of the life cycle of a plant. 
  • When students are using movement to dance the life cycle they should think about how still and small a seed is. They could start out on the ground balled up and then open up as the plant begins to sprout. Remind the students to think about how their arms and legs can resemble parts of the plant as it grows. The students should use different levels as they move through the life cycle.    
  • The students will perform their life cycle dance for the class as their assessment.
Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will observe as the students perform their life cycle dance and assess student performance using this checklist

Advanced Preparation:
Variation Tips (optional):
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