No need to buy pots to run plant investigations in the classroom! Use these simple pots made from newspapers. The best part is that the pots can go right into the ground with the seedlings when the time comes… no need to transplant.
Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.||Next Generation Science Standards||Kindergarten||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes|||Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 2||Life Science||Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics|||Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes |||Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes|||Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, & to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Energy
2.a. Different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.||CA Science||Grade 1||02. Life Sciences||2. Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways.|||2.b. Plants and animals both need water; animals need food, and plants need light.||CA Science||Grade 1||02. Life Sciences||2. Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways.|||2.e. Roots are associated with the intake of water and soil nutrients, green leaves with making food from sunlight.||CA Science||Grade 1||02. Life Sciences||2. Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways.|||2. Plants and animals have predictable life cycles.||CA Science||Grade 2||02. Life Sciences|||3.a. Plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.||CA Science||Grade 3||02. Life Sciences||3. Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival.|||2. Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials.||CA Science||Grade 5||02. Life Sciences|||5.a. Energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis, and then from organism to organism in food webs.||CA Science||Grade 6||05. Ecology (Life Science)||5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.
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