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Where do plants grow best?
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Discuss:

Where would you plant a fern?

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Where we might plant it...

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Extensions

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration which you just completed.
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Extra Activity: Dandelion Hunt

If you have a grassy lawn near you, you can go on a dandelion hunt! Find four areas on the lawn that are about the same size. Ideally you want:

  • a sunny spot with plenty of water
  • a shady spot with plenty of water
  • a sunny spot with not much water
  • a shady spot with not much water

Assign a team to count the dandelion plants in each spot. Then analyze your results. Which area had the most dandelions? Which had the least? Discuss what might affect the success of dandelions in a particular area. For a math extension, make a bar graph displaying your data.

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Exploration
Fern in pot by JMK
Money by Dustin Moore
Orchid with bud by Steve Grundy
Planting small tree by USFS Region 5
Plants in planters by Irene Kightley
Young plats in cups by Tess Watson
Activity
Goat eating by Eden Hills Blog
Goat in pen by Felagund
Goat opening gate by tirolia87
Goats on tractor by Margaret Andrews
Vegetable garden by Jennifer C.
What about the goats by AutoCCD
frowny face by clker.com
Other
First pic of tree w/ bench by Josh Mayer
Print Prep
Activity Prep

In this Mystery, students will practice thinking like gardeners. In the activity, students play Plant Survivor, a game that encourages students to think about what plants need and how habitats change over time.

Preview activity

Number of students:
Plant Cards worksheet 1 per 5 students
Prep Instructions

Prepare the Plant Cards

Each Plant Cards printout includes 16 plant cards (4 to a page). Cut the cards apart before class.

Print Plant Survivor Map (Optional)

In the activity, students will look at a map on screen to decide which area would be best for each plant. If you'd like to print these out for your students to have a map at their desks, here's a grayscale version .

Extensions