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Activity: What are the parts of a plant? – Levels 1 and 2

Achievement Objectives - Whāinga Paetae: Te Pū me te More

1.1 & 2.1 Learn about the needs every living thing has in order to survive. Te Marautanga o Aotearoa: (p.99) Te Ao Tūroa, Te Rauropi 1 

Learning Outcome

I will be able to:

  • grow a plant from its seed
  • draw a plant that includes all its parts
  • label all the parts of a plant
  • describe the jobs carried out for each part of a plant.

Success criteria

Success criteria Self-assessment Peer assessment Teacher assessment
I can grow a plant from its seed.                  
I can draw a plant that includes all its parts.                  
I can label all the parts of a plant.                  
I can describe the jobs carried out for each part of a plant.                  

Grow a plant in cotton wool from seed such as sunflower seeds, cress or a bean. What do you have to do to keep your plant alive? How does this occur outside?

Once the leaves have started to grow, remove the plant and make a drawing in pencil. You may want to use a magnifying glass to help you. Label all the parts of the plant. Make a list of ‘things you know’ about the parts of the plant and a list of ‘things you do not know’. Who could help you find the answers?

Once you have carried out the above, go outside and draw your own harakeke bush. Label all the parts of the plant and explain what jobs they carry out.

For teachers

This task was adapted from Is a tree a plant?

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