Plant Life Cycle Planter

Lesson #9950

Demonstrate the plant life cycle creatively.
Can use either AllStar or SureCut Dies.

Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5

Guide students through the scientific method as they investigate the plant life cycle and observe the stages of growth and development. If liter bottles are not available, recycle alternate containers as pots. As students plant tomato seeds, they appreciate the great effort involved in caring for crops. Encourage students to transplant the tomato plant to the ground for further investigation.

Demonstrate understanding of the plant life cycle with science manipulatives that can be used to decorate science projects and science display boards.

12388-DC-Ellison SureCut Die - Border, Grass - Double Cut 20189-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Circle 2" 4-Up - Large 29138-DC-Ellison SureCut Die - Plant Life Cycle - Double Cut A10212-Sizzix Bigz Die - Circles 1" & 1 1/2" A10833-Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Border, Grass A10878-Ellison AllStar Long Die - Plant Life Cycle

Note: This lesson can be created using either Ellison AllStar or SureCut Dies.

Supplies Used: 2-Liter Bottle, Cardstock or Construction Paper, Colored Pencils or Crayons, Glue, Potting Soil, Scissors, Tomato Seeds or Plant

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Plant Life Cycle from cardstock or colored paper. Highlight with colored pencils or crayons (Figure A).
  2. Cut a strip of brown paper and adhere to a white, rectangular sheet. Die-cut a Grass, Border or hand-cut using green construction paper. Adhere above the brown strip. Adhere the Plant Life Cycle to the scene.
  3. Die-cut a Circle to create the sun (Figure B).
  4. Cut away the top half of a 2-liter bottle. Wrap the Plant Life Cycle scene around the recycled bottle.
  5. Add soil and add a plant of choice (Figure C).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

Science: Science as Inquiry

As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
  • understanding about scientific inquiry.

Science: Life Science

As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • characteristics of organisms.
  • life cycles of organisms.
  • organisms and environments.

Science: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of types of resources.

Source: National Science Education Standards

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