Lion Country Safari
Plant Life Program
(Designed for Grades 3-5)
To expand students’ knowledge of plant functions as well as to compare the adaptations of plants to animals that help them to survive in their habitat.
Plant life is an essential part of the world. Many different creatures, as well as people, depend on them for everything from clean air and water to food and shelter. This lesson will help to introduce plants to the students, touching on how plants can make their own food; the difference between flowering and non-flowering plants; pollination; seed production and dispersal; and adaptations of some of Florida’s plants.
This program meets the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and is STEAM compliant:
SC.3.L.14.1 Describe structures in plants and their roles in food production, support, water and nutrient transport, and reproduction.
SC.3.L.15.2 Classify flowering and nonflowering plants into major groups such as those that produce seeds, or those like ferns and mosses that produce spores, according to their physical characteristics.
SC.3.L.17.1 Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.
SC.3.L.17.2 Recognize that plants use energy from the Sun, air, and water to make their own food.
SC.4.L.16.1 Identify processes of sexual reproduction in flowering plants including pollination, fertilization (seed production), seed dispersal, and germination.
SC.4.L.16.4 Compare and contrast the major stages in the life cycles of Florida plants and animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis, and flowering and nonflowering seed-baring plants.
SC.4.L.17.1 Compare the seasonal changes in Florida plants and animals to those in other regions of the country.
SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.
SC.5.L.15.1 Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.
We get many things from the plants that surround us, and they also provide many essentials as well. Ask the students to name five things they can get from plants, (Examples: oxygen, food, clothes, paper, etc.) and see, as a class, how many different items they can list.
Ask the students to try to identify five plants that grow near or around their home and see if they are a flowering or non-flowering plant. Or, as a class, go for a walk around the school to identify plants growing there; research together to see if those plants are flowering or non-flowering. You may have the chance to point out pollinators at work.