Plants and Animals

Investigations give young students the opportunity to provide for the needs of both plants and animals living together in a classroom habitat. This experience offers them an awareness of the different ways that plants and animals grow and interact. (4 Investigations)

The complete module includes: Teacher Guide, Teacher Preparation Video, 32 hardcover Science Resources books, and Equipment Kit with enough materials for 2 complete classes of 32 students.

Investigation 1: GRASS AND GRAIN SEEDS

Students plant miniature lawns with rye grass and alfalfa. They mow the lawns and observe the response of grass and alfalfa to cutting. They plant individual wheat seeds in clear straws and observe how seeds germinate and grow. They read about and view a video on how plants grow.

Investigation 2: STEMS

Students make new plants from stems of houseplants. They put sections of stems into water and look for evidence that a new plant is forming. Stem pieces that develop roots are planted to make new plants. Students plant pieces of potatoes (modified stems) and observe them grow. They learn about how plants make food. Students read about seed dispersal.

Investigation 3: TERRARIUMS

Students set up terrariums using seeds and plants from Investigations 1 and 2. They add local animals such as snails, isopods, and worms and provide for the needs of the plants and animals. They learn about other animals and plants through readings and multimedia.

Investigation 4: BULBS AND ROOTS

Students plant onion bulbs or garlic cloves in moist cotton and observe as they develop into new plants. They plant parts of roots - carrots and radishes - to discover which parts will develop into new plants. Through a reading, they learn about the shape and functions of different kinds of teeth, and use their own teeth to eat a carrot.