Learning about the Life Cycle of Flowers Introduction y Lesson Topic: Plant life cycle y Length of Lesson: 45 min

. y VA Standards of Learning: o 2.4: The student will investigate and understand that plants and animals undergo a series of orderly changes as they mature and grow. Key concepts include: b) plant life cycles. Objectives Students will: 1) Describe changes in the life cycle of a flower; 2) Observe the characteristics of a flower in the various stages of the life cycle; 3) Identify a flower or plant¶s current stage in the life cycle; and 3) Construct and interpret diagrams of the plant life cycle. Materials y Laptop computer and projector y ³Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers´ worksheets y ³Reviewing the Life Cycle of Flowers´ worksheets Advanced Preparation y Set up laptop computer and projector. y Copy ³Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers´ worksheets, front and back (Part 1 is the front, and Part 2 is the back). y Copy ³Reviewing the Life Cycle of Flowers´ homework sheets. Teaching and Learning Sequence Introduction / Anticipatory Set y Ask the students if they have ever visited Washington, D.C. during springtime. y Explain to the students that at the end of March and the beginning of April, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Washington, D.C. y Show Video 1 (footage of the National Cherry Blossom Festival). y After showing video, explain to students the significance of the cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C. (that Japan gave more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a symbol of their growing friendship). y Explain to students that a cherry blossom has a short life cycle. Lesson Development y Tell students that we will start learning about life cycles in plants. Notify them that they will learn the basic stages of the life cycle of a flower during this lesson. y Show students PowerPoint slides of four basic stages of a flower¶s life cycle (seed, sprout, flower, death / wilting). For each stage / slide, ask students what

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they think will happen next to a flower. Flip to the next slide to see if students have guessed correctly. Ask students what they think is needed for flowers to grow. After showing the slides that illustrate the life cycle, present students with slides containing pictures of various flowers commonly seen in the U.S. (Slide 7). Ask students if they have seen the flowers presented on PowerPoint slides. After PowerPoint presentation, ask students if they have questions about the information. Explain to students that we will go outside and observe some flowers. Ask students to stand up, take a pencil and notebook, push their chairs into their desks, and line up at the door. Take ³Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers´ worksheets. Lead students outside and to an area where flowers are blooming (on the ground or in trees). Ask students to describe their surroundings. Direct students¶ attention to a flower. Ask them which stage they think the flower is in. Pass out worksheets. Explain to students that on the side titled ³Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers,´ they are to observe two other plants²either with blooming flowers or with buds²and draw pictures of what they see. Alert students that they should write on the worksheets their observations as well as the stage they think the plants are in. When all students have finished, ask some students what they observed and recorded. Tell students that we will line up to return to the classroom. Once back at the classroom, ask students to sit at their desks.

Closure y Explain to students that on the back of their worksheets, they should draw the four basic stages of the life cycle of a flower (seed, sprout, flower, death/wilting) inside the circle. y Review the life cycle of a flower by asking students questions related to the life cycle. y Ask students if they have questions about the day¶s activities. y Ask students to pass worksheets to the front of the class when all students have finished. y Pass out homework sheets. y For the homework sheets, explain to students that they should observe and draw a plant²either inside their house or outside. They should record their observations. y Explain to students that on the bottom of the homework sheets they should observe the pictures of the three plants, and then write down the similarities and differences between the three plants.

Homework y Observe a flower around the neighborhood. Write down observations on the ³Reviewing the Life Cycle of a Flower´ worksheet provided, including the flower¶s current stage in the plant life cycle. Draw the flower. y Observe the three plants featured on the worksheet. Write down how the three are alike. Write down how the three are different. This will be the introduction to the next lesson. Assessment Formative y Ask students what they think happens to the flower during each stage of the life cycle. y Ask students to identify the stages of the flowers they observe. y Ask students what they think flowers need to grow and survive. y Ask students if they have questions about the flower cycle to clear any misunderstanding. y Walk around classroom to make sure students are on task and understand the assignment and material. y Summative y Review with students by asking questions related to the material to assess their understanding. y Check ³Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers´ worksheets to see if students understand the basic stages of the life cycle of a flower. y Check students¶ homework to see if they understand material. References y Virginia Department of Education. (2010). Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework y Virginia Department of Education. (2010). Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

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Date __________________

Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers
Part 1 Directions: Find two flowers to observe. Draw the flowers in the box. Write your observations for each flower in the lines.

Flower 1
Observations _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ Draw picture here

Flower 2
Observations _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ Draw picture here

Observing the Life Cycle of Flowers
Part 2 Directions: Draw each stage of the flower life cycle in the boxes.

Seed

Death/Wilting

Sprout

Flower

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Date __________________

Reviewing the Life Cycle of Flowers
Directions: Find a flower in your house or yard to observe. Draw the flower in the box. Write your observations for each flower in the lines.

Observations _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ Draw picture here Directions: Observe the three plants below. How do you think they are similar? How are they different?

Fern

Rose

Pear tree

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