The Life Cycle of a Plant

A WebQuest for 2nd Grade Science / Language Arts / Technology

Designed by

Barb Benford      &         Marilyn Young

benford1@msu.edu         youngm14@msu.edu

 

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Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction flower2

You are special botanists (people who study plants). You will become plant detectives.  Your mission is to learn as much as you can about the life cycle of a flowering plant.  You will work with a partner using the computer and Internet to do your investigations (research).

In science class, we have studied the life cycle of a plant. Before we begin this WebQuest, we will review what we already know by reading together the book titled From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons. 

If you CTRL + click on words that are underlined, you will be taken (linked) to a new site or page.

If you CTRL + click on the picture of the flower, you will go back to the top of the page.



The Tasks  flower2

You have four tasks to complete

¨     Review the parts of a plant.

¨     Review the steps in the life cycle of a plant.

¨     Use special websites to learn more about the life cycle of a plant.

¨     Create a flower using Kid Pix.



The Process flower2

You will be working in partners and each of you will be given a copy of the workbook titled My Plant Journal. Each person is responsible to fill in the answers to the questions in their own My Plant Journal.

As you work through the tasks, you will find answers to all of your questions while having fun exploring the Internet. 

Task one: Put your name on the front of your book. Draw and color a picture of flowering plants in the space provided. On page 1, review the parts of a plant and label the parts in your copy of My Plant Journal.  On page 2, match the part of the plant with the correct definition. The website will help you.

Click on the link to access the Internet site for help.  http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/plant/parts.html

Task two: Review the steps in the life cycle of a plant beginning with the seed on pages 3 and 4. On page 5, create your own plant life cycle in your My Plant Journal. Click on the link for help.

http://www.schooltrain.info/powerpoint/plants2.ppt

Task three: Use special websites to find more about the life cycle of a plant. Record observations in your journal. On page 6, create a Venn Diagram comparing plant needs and people needs. On page 7, use the information from your Venn Diagram to write three paragraphs. The first paragraph should be information on what plants need, the second paragraph will be information on what people need and the third paragraph will be information on the similar needs for people and plants.

Click on the links to access the Internet site for help.  http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/plant/parts.html

http://www.tooter4kids.com/Plants/parts_of_plants.htm

Task four: Create a flower in the Kid Pix computer program and label the parts. Word list is included in your book.  On page 8, print your picture and add it to your My Plant Journal.



Evaluation  flower2

You will be graded using the Rubric below. Your Life Cycle of a Plant Book will show how much you learned. You will also receive a score for cooperation and sharing with your partner. 

 

Beginning Detective

1

Junior Detective

2

Detective First Class

3

Special Investigator

4

Score

 

My Plant Book

 

Student tried to complete each page

Student completed each page with some mistakes

Student completed each page with no more than two mistakes.

Student completed each page with no mistakes.

 

 

Task one -    Labeling Flower parts

 

 

Student tried to label parts of flower.

Student labeled parts of flower with some mistakes and spelling errors.

Student labeled parts of flower with no more than two mistakes in labeling and spelling.

Student labeled parts of flower with no mistakes and no spelling errors.

 

 

Task two -Identifying parts of plant life cycle

 

 

Student tried to complete plant cycle.

Student completed plant cycle with some mistakes.

Student completed plant cycle with no more than two mistakes.

Student completed plant cycle with no mistakes.

 

 

Task three - Venn Diagram and paragraph comparison

 

Student tried to make a Venn Diagram but made

no attempt to write paragraphs.

Student made Venn Diagram with some mistakes.

Lots of information was not included in paragraph writing.

Student correctly made Venn Diagram and wrote complete paragraphs with less than three mistakes.

Student correctly made Venn Diagram and wrote complete paragraphs with no mistakes.

 

 

Task Four -Kid Pix Flower and labeling

Student tried to create flower in Kid Pix but made to label parts.

Student created a flower in Kid Pix but is missing some labels or parts.

Student correctly created and labeled flower in Kid Pix with less than two mistakes.

Student correctly created and labeled flower in Kid Pix with no mistakes.

 



Conclusion  flower2 

You are on your way to becoming an expert plant detective or botanist!  If you enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a plant, then click on the links below to learn more about other life cycles.

http://www.tooter4kids.com/Plants/index.htm

http://www.tooter4kids.com/Frogs/life_cycle_of_frogs.htm

http://www.tooter4kids.com/LifeCycle/Stages.htm

http://vimeo.com/3715286

 



Credits & References  flower2

Flower photos by Barb Benford.  Workbook by Marilyn Young.

Thanks to the many educators who have created life cycle of a plant websites that we linked to for our WebQuest.

http://www.tooter4kids.com/classroom/themes_on_line.htm

http://www.graves.k12.ky.us/powerpoints/elementary

http://vimeo.com/3715286

http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/plant/parts.html

http://www.schooltrain.info/powerpoint/plants2.ppt

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Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page