Plants are All Around Us-Unit Outline


Activity Description: 

Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This unit on plants consists of 6 sequenced learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students, in centers, over the course of one week each. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary, but the recommendation is 20 minutes or less per student.


Students will understand that:

  • We can learn about plants by exploring nature and reading informational books on plants.
  • Plants have parts with names.
  • We can measure, add, subtract, and count the parts of a plant.
  • Plants require specific conditions and care to grow.
Educational Standards: 

ELA & Literacy: Reading 

PK.RI.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about details in a text. 

PK.RI.10: With prompting and support, actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding. 

ELA & Literacy: Writing 

PK.W.2: With prompting and support, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. 

Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality 

PK.CC.4: Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 10 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 5 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-10, count out that many objects. 

Mathematics: Operations and Algebraic Thinking 

PK.OA.1: Demonstrates an understanding of addition and subtraction by using objects, fingers, and responding to practical situations (e.g. if we have 3 apples and add two more, how many do we have?). 

Mathematics: Measurement and Data 

PK.MD.1: Identify measurable attributes of objects, such as length, and weight. Describe them using correct vocabulary. (e.g. small, big, short, tall, empty, full, heavy, and light.) 

Doing the Activity: 

The Unit Outline can be found on Page 24 of the PDF below.

One month or longer
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