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Benefits of Indoor Plants

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to…
  • Identify the basic needs of plants and animals.
  • Identify the different parts of plants and the purposes they serve.
  • Explain the interdependent relationships between plants and animals (e.g. the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide).

Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
Two 30-40 minute sessions
Standards Addressed:

Science standard 5:
 Understand the structure and function of cells and organisms.
Benchmark # 1: Know the basic needs of plants and animals (e.g., air, water, nutrients, sunlight/food, space/shelter).

Science standards 6: Understand relationships among organisms and their physical environment.
Benchmark # 1: Know that plants need certain resources for energy and growth (e.g., air, food, water and sunlight).

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 # 2: Record information collected about the physical world (e.g., in drawings, simple data charts).

Mathematics standard 4: Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of the concepts of measurement.
Benchmark 2: Selects and uses appropriate tools for given measurement situations (e.g., rulers for length, measuring cups for capacity, protractors for angle).
Benchmark 4: Understands relationships between measures (e.g., between length, perimeter, and area).

Health standard 2: Know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
Benchmark # 1: Know how the physical environment can impact personal health (e.g., the effects of exposure to air pollution).
Materials Needed:
  • Yardstick
  • Graph paper
  • "In and Out" plant diagram worksheet provided below
  • Green plant (optional)
  • Coloring and writing utensils

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf BenefitsofIndoorNew.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf BenefitsofIndoorNew.pdf
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