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Life Cycle of Plants Unit Plan

3rd grade arts-infused unit plan covering all core content areas
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Amy Slusher

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Arts-infused Unit Plan created by Amy Slusher 3rd grade - Life Cycle of Plants Overview and Rationale One of the main science objectives for third grade is the life cycle of plants. By learning about this, students can understand plant life around them in the form of flowers and also the form of plant food products. This also ties in well to identifying ways to help protect the environment and plant life in our community.

Each lesson incorporates the art domains along with the core curriculum to create a hands-on and engaging approach to learning Lesson 4 - Math Lesson Plan Lesson 3 - Social Studies Lesson Plan Children's Books Lesson 1 - Language Arts Core Curriculum Area: Lanugage Arts
Arts to be Infused: Visual Arts

I. Content Standards
Language Arts
12.) Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause and effect.
Visual Arts
1.) Utilize a variety of processes and media in the production of artwork.

II. Student Outcome
Students will be able to understand the steps in a plants' life cycle
Students will be able to reiterate the steps based in the book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle.
Students will be able to list what plants need to grow.

III. Materials -

- "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle, student journal, plant materials (collected outside), markers, crayons, glue, computer, internet access

IV. Procedure -
The teacher will read "The Tiny Seed" or play the youtube video for the class. The class will discuss the steps in the journey of the plant, and the teacher will create a chart listing the steps. The class will brainstorm what a plant needs to grow.
The class will go on a walking journey outside to collect plants including flowers and grass. They will glue leaves, petals, stems, and roots into their journals in order to form a plant. On the opposite page, they will draw the items needed for the plant to grow including sunlight, water, and soil. Below these drawings, they will write a sentence telling at least 2 things that their plant needs.
After reviewing their journal entry, the teacher will take pictures of their plant and drawings and let the students upload the pictures to their personal blogs. They will type their sentences in a blog post.

V. Assessment -

Students will be assessed through teacher observation and evaluation of their art project.

1. Did the student correctly label the steps in the journey of the plant? yes/no
2. Did the student include all of the steps in the journey of the plant? yes/no
3. Did students correctly list and draw the items needed for plants to grow? yes/no
4. Did the students write a sentence that had at least two items that their plant needs? yes/no Lesson Plan Media and Tech Example Project Lesson 2 - Science Lesson Plan Media and Tech Example Project Media and Tech Example Project Example Project Resources The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle Plant Journal Entry and Blog Post Online Game for Life Cycle of a Plant http://www2.bgfl.org/bgfl2/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/science/plants_pt2/index.htm "The Life Cycle of a Plant" Song Plant Plate Slider Core Curriculum Area: Science
Arts to be Infused: Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Drama

I. Content Standards
Science 3rd grade –
7.) Describe the life cycle of plants, including seed, seed germination, growth, and reproduction.• Describing the role of plants in a food chain
Arts Education 3rd grade –
1.) Utilize a variety of processes and media in the production of artwork.

II. Student Outcome
The student will be able to identify and order the stages in a plant’s life cycle.

III. Materials -
"How do Seeds Grow?" by Sue Kim, Paper plates, markers, crayons, metal brads, "The Life Cycle of Plants" review website, video and songs lyrics for "The Life Cycle of the Plant"

IV. Procedure -
The class will read the book "How do Seeds Grow?" while making predictions about what will happen next based on prior knowledge from the previous lesson. Students will then be given the lyrics to the song "The Life Cycle of the Plant". The teacher will sing this song once and then have students sing along the second time.
As a dance extension, students will stand and create movements to reflect the stages of the plant cycle. They will start as a ball on the ground and "sprout" into a germinated seed by kneeling, then they will grow by standing and then reproduce by giving high fives and pollinating other "flowers"
Using the steps in the song, they will create a paper plate spinner. First, students will draw 4 sections on one plate and illustrate a step in the life cycle: seed, seed germination, growth, reproduction. The second plate will be cut so that only 1/4 of the plate is gone. The plates will be placed on top of one another so that only one stage is viewable at a time.
As a large group, the teacher will visit the learning website and show students the illustrations of the different stages. Students can move their spinners to the appropriate stage as they view them on the website.

V. Assessment -

Students will be graded based on their completion of the plate spinner:
1. Did the students number the stages correctly?
2. Are all of the stages present?
3. Is the student able to correctly match the spinner stage with the stage on the website?
Core Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Arts to be Infused: Visual Arts

I. Content Standard:
2.) Describe physical characteristics, including landforms, bodies of water, soil, and vegetation of various places on Earth.
vegetation - tropical, desert, plains
Visual Arts
1.) Utilize a variety of processes and media in the production of artwork.

II. Student Outcome
Students will be able to identify plants that occur in different regions
Students will be able to explain that there are different plants in different areas on Earth.

III. Materials -
paper, markers, crayons, "Plants in Different Habitats" by Bobbi Kalman, Smart board

IV. Procedure -
The teacher will use the book listed to highlight different areas that plants are found (the whole book will not be read). On the smart board, the teacher will write different plants that are mentioned in the book. The smart board slide will include a chart labeled with "tropical, desert, and plains." Using information from the book, different students will be asked to come to the board and move the plant name to the correct square on the chart.
Afterward, students will make a mini-booklet with different pages for 'tropical, desert, and plains' plants. On one side of the page, the student will write the names of different plants. On the other side, the students will draw a picture of the plant.Students will also include the features of each environment (estimated temperature, sunlight, rainfall, etc.)

V. Assessment -

Students will be assessed based on their classification of plants in their booklets.
- Did the student correctly match the plant to the geographical region?
- Did the student include at least 3 correct features of the environment?
- Did the student list features that were different among the regions? Core Curriculum Area: Math
Arts to be Infused: Visual Arts
I. Content Standards
9.) Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table)
Visual Arts
1.) Utilize a variety of processes and media in the production of artwork.

II. Student Outcome
Students will be able to count by different numbers (2s, 3s, etc.)
Students will be able to identify patterns of addition

III. Materials -
glue, construction paper, seeds of different plants, markers, crayons.

IV. Procedure -
The teacher will review different types of plants that are found in different regions and that are created from different seeds. The teacher will pass out cups of different seeds.
The teacher will model how to use the seeds to count by 2s. S/he will take two white seeds and then two brown seeds and place them side by side. The teacher will point out that there are two sets of two which makes four total seeds. The teacher will model this with a multiplication equations (2x2).
Students will be given construction paper with three lines drawn. Students will group the two different seeds into different amounts on the line. For example, the first line will have students group by 3s, the second line will have students group by 5s, and the third line will have students group by 10s. Students will write addition and multiplication problems to represent these groupings.
For review, students can play the online math patterns game.

V. Assessment -
Did students correctly group and glue the seeds based on the number that they were counting by (5s, 2s, etc.)?
Did students correctly label the groups (for example, by 2s: 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.)?
Did the students create correct addition and multiplication statements?
"Plants in Different Regions" booklet - Smart Board chart will be used this is an example of the finished project taken from a teacher's blog. This is an example of how a student would fill in their chart with beans. They would decorate it more artistically as shown to the left. Technology http://www.factmonster.com/math/knowledgebox/player.html?movie=sfw44800 - The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- A Seed in Need by Sam Godwin
- How Does a Seed Grow? by Sue Kim
- Plants in Different Habitats by Bobbie Kalman
- Counting in the Garden by Emily and Patrick Hruby
- The Life Cycle of a Flower by Molly Aloian
- Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
- The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
- "It's Plantin' Time!" Around the Kampfire. May 2012. Web. http://www.aroundthekampfire.blogspot.com/2012/05/its-plantin-time.html

- Eberhart, Erin. "Plant Week!" Eberhart's Explorers: Plant Week! 05 Apr. 2011. Web. http://eberhartsexplorers.blogspot.com/2011/04/plant-week.html

- "This Is the Way We Plant the Seeds." Plant Songs. Web.
https://sites.google.com/site/lifecycleofaplant/songs

- Sinone, Carrie. "Life Cycle of a Plant." YouTube. 06 Mar. 2012. Web. Blogs Songs Pinterest Boards http://pinterest.com/christyr_sts/science-life-cycles/

http://pinterest.com/keywester05/art-science-projects/

http://pinterest.com/glugg/science-art-fun-for-kids/

http://pinterest.com/margaret6614/plant-unit/

http://pinterest.com/marybethcol/preschool-plants-and-gardens/

http://pinterest.com/jessicakerr/plant-theme/


Other "Paper Plate Life Cycle Spinners." Lets Explore. Let's Explore, 12 May 2012. Web. http://lets-explore.net/blog/2011/05/paper-plate-life-cycle-spinners/

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