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How to Grow a Sunflower Plant

Lesson Description:
HowtoGrowaSunflowerIcon Students will be able to…
  • identify the basic needs of sunflowers (sunlight, water, nutrients, space, air).
  • identify the parts of a sunflower (root, stem, leaf, flower).
  • measure, compare and order the height of their sunflowers.
  • organize and record data using charts and graphic representations.
  • recognize that tools (rulers) have specific functions (to assist in measuring) to makes tasks easier.

Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

Time Needed:
30-40 minute class session along with daily cultivation of sunflower plant
Standards Addressed:
  • science standard 5: understand the structure and function of cells and organisms.
    • benchmark # 1: know the basic needs of plants (e.g., air, water, nutrients, sunlight,food, shelter).
    • benchmark # 2: know that plants have features that help them to live.
  • science standard 9: understand the sources and properties of energy.
    • benchmark # 1: know that the sun supplies heat and light to the earth.
  • science standard 12: understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
    • benchmark # 1: know learning can come from careful observation and simple experiments.
    • benchmark # 2: know that tools (e.g., rulers) can be used to gather information and extend the senses.
  • mathematics standard 4: understand and apply the basic and advanced properties of the concepts of measurement.
    • benchmark # 1: understand the basic measure of height.
    • benchmark # 3: know the process for measuring height.

Materials Needed:
  • pictures of sunflowers
  • sunflower seeds
  • compost
  • soil
  • garden spade
  • trowel
  • pre-cut window screening

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Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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