PRIMARY ELEMENTARY | SCIENCE
Writing Plant Prescriptions
Students will diagnose and treat unhealthy plants; look for evidence that plants respond to outside influences; and correctly identify plants' needs.
- S1L1a. Students will identify the basic needs of a plant: air, water, light, nutrients.
- S1L1c. Students will identify the parts of a plant: root, stem, leaf, and flower.
- Engage students by reading In the Garden with Dr. Carver pages 6-9. On these pages, Dr. Carver teachers the children how to be plant doctors saying, “Listen to the plants, and they’ll tell you what they need.”
- Review with students what plants need (sunlight, air, water, nutrients) and how the plant parts help the plants get what they need (leaves, stems, roots).
- Explain to students that they are going to give some of the plants in the garden a “check-up” to ensure that the plant parts are healthy and getting the plant what it needs. If not, the students will be writing a prescription of what can be done to make the plant even healthier.
- Video on parts of a plant –http://www.brainpopjr.com/science/plants/partsofaplant/preview.weml
- George Washington Carver as a Plant Doctor –http://www.biography.com/news/george-washington-carver-facts-national-peanut-month
- Simulated apple time-lapse film – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEwmUbzN_-g
- Zucchini squash time lapse – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocB578GARk8
- ‘Plant Doctor’ coloring sheet – http://www.hmcoloringpages.com/free-printable-coloring-pages/tigger-playing-plant-doctor/
- For assistance in diagnosing unhealthy plants, your local extension agency website or visit What’s Wrong with My Plant? –http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/
- In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby