Process

Before you begin, you will need the following resources:


Now that you have everything that you need, you and a fellow botanist (a person who studies plants) can begin your investigation of plants.  Your partner will be chosen at random by your teacher.  Your role and your partner's are the same.  You will both be working together to complete your Plant Life Observation Journal in order to send back to your planet Nebaccanezer so that your honorable leader, Chu Chu Twinkletoes can read it.  Because the Honorable Chu Chu Twinkletoes is your supreme leader, it is important that your Observation Journal is fully complete, accurate, and to the best of your ability. 

When you have completed your Observation Journal, you and your partner will complete a final project to send back to the Honorable Chu Chu Twinkletoes.  This final project will be a letter to Chu Chu Twinkletoes describing what you learned about plants from completing this investigation.  This letter will be sent with your Observation Journal back to the planet Nebaccanezer.

Altogether, it should take you and your partner 10 days to complete your Observation Journals and letters to Chu Chu Twinkletoes.


Now you are ready to begin your project.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW EACH STEP LISTED BELOW.  EACH STEP SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP!


Click HERE to print out a copy of the Plant Life Observation Journal.  Staple the journal together in the right order and look it over to make sure the everything looks okay before beginning.


1.  First, you will study the LIFE CYCLE OF A PLANT.  Click HERE to learn more about life cycles. (Click on any of the plants or animals to find out what a life cycle is.)

Your job is to look at, read, and complete the activities at each of the websites listed below.  Then, use the information that you learn to answer the questions on PAGE 1 of your Observation Journal.  Make sure that you answer all the questions on PAGE 1 of your Observation Journal before moving on to step 3.

Click on each website below to learn more about the life cycle of a plant:

Life Cycle of a Wisconsin Fast Plant Movie 

Life Cycle Graphic Organizer

All About Seeds

Seed Structure

Life Cycle of a Plant

What is a Seed? Quiz

Life Cycle Quiz

Now that you are finished looking at the websites, complete the questions on PAGE 1 of your Plant Life Observation Journal.  Remember to be neat and complete.


2.  NEXT, you will study HOW PLANTS GROW

Remember that your job is to look at, read, and complete the activities at each of the websites listed below.  Then, use the information that you learn to answer the questions on PAGE 2 of your Observation Journal.  Make sure that you answer all the questions on PAGE 2 of your Observation Journal before moving on to step 4.

Click on each website below to learn more about the how plants grow:

Starting to Grow

Plant Parts

Plant Parts: Roots

Plant Parts: Stems

Plant Parts: Leaves

Plant Parts: Flowers

Plant Parts: Fruit

What are the Plant Parts? Quiz

Supermarket Botany

Now that you are finished looking at the websites, complete the questions on PAGE 2 of your Plant Life Observation Journal.  Remember to be neat and complete.


3.  NEXT, you will study HOW PLANTS SURVIVE

Remember that your job is to look at, read, and complete the activities at each of the websites listed below.  Then, use the information that you learn to answer the questions on PAGE 3 of your Observation Journal.  Make sure that you answer all the questions on PAGE 3 of your Observation Journal before moving on to step 5.

Click on each website below to learn more about the how plants survive:

What Do Plants Need?

Making Food

Photosynthesis

Nutrients from the Soil

Photosynthesis Movie

Now that you are finished looking at the websites, complete the questions on PAGE 3 of your Plant Life Observation Journal.  Remember to be neat and complete.


4.  NEXT, you will study HOW PLANTS REPRODUCE

Remember that your job is to look at, read, and complete the activities at each of the websites listed below.  Then, use the information that you learn to answer the questions on PAGE 4 of your Observation Journal.  Make sure that you answer all the questions on PAGE 4 of your Observation Journal before moving on to step 6.

Click on each website below to learn more about the how plants reproduce:

Flower Parts & Reproduction

What is Pollination?

Pollination

Nonflowering Plants & Reproduction

What is a Bulb?

Examples of Bulbs

What is a Tuber?

Plant Reproduction Quiz

What are the Parts of a Flower? Quiz

Label That Flower

Now that you are finished looking at the websites, complete the questions on PAGE 4 of your Plant Life Observation Journal.  Remember to be neat and complete.


5.  NEXT, you will study HOW PLANTS DIFFER

Remember that your job is to look at, read, and complete the activities at each of the websites listed below.  Then, use the information that you learn to answer the questions on PAGE 5 of your Observation Journal.  Make sure that you answer all the questions on PAGE 5 of your Observation Journal before moving on to step 7.

Click on each website below to learn more about the how plants differ:

Plant Adaptations

Types of Stems

Types of Roots

Types of Seeds

What Tree is It?

Plant Life Galore

Now that you are finished looking at the websites, complete the questions on PAGE 5 of your Plant Life Observation Journal.  Remember to be neat and complete.


6.  NEXT, you will study HOW PLANTS AND ANIMALS INTERACT

Remember that your job is to look at, read, and complete the activities at each of the websites listed below.  Then, use the information that you learn to answer the questions on PAGE 6 of your Observation Journal.  Make sure that you answer all the questions on PAGE 6 of your Observation Journal before moving on to step 8.

Click on each website below to learn more about the how plants and animals interact:

Plants & The Food Chain Quick Flick (Watch the movie and take the quiz!)

Plants and Life on Earth

Pollinators

Seed Dispersal

Our Environment

Interdependence & Adaptation

Now that you are finished looking at the websites, complete the questions on PAGE 6 of your Plant Life Observation Journal.  Remember to be neat and complete.


 

8.  Your final step is to complete your final project.  Before you begin, check over your Observation Journals to make sure every question is complete and to the best of your ability.

Take this quiz about plants to show what you know -- Plants Quiz

Your final task is to write a letter to Chu Chu Twinkletoes.  This letter should describe what you learned while completing your plant investigation.  This letter should tell what 5 of the most important or interesting pieces of information that you learned about plant life.

You and your partner will NOT be working together for this part of the project.  You can use your own copy of the Plant Life Observation Journal to help you.

This first thing to should do is CLICK HERE to print off a copy of the letter graphic organizer.  Fill out the letter graphic organizer completely.

If there is enough time, you can use the Letter Generator at www.readwritethink.org to publish your letter.  However, if there is not enough time, you must hand write your final copy.  HINT:  When using the letter generator, you can NOT save your work so you must have everything on your graphic organizer complete before starting to type.

WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED, CLICK ON THE EVALUATION BUTTON ON THE LEFT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW HOW YOUR OBSERVATION JOURNAL AND LETTER WILL BE GRADED.

THEN CLICK ON THE CONCLUSION BUTTON.