Helpful Plants (Distance Learning)

Grade: First Grade

Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Complements FOSS Kit
First Grade: Plants and Animals

Lesson Series Overview
Native plants like lupine, mugwort line the banks of the San Lorenzo River creating food and shelter for local animals. These native plants also help out the river and our community by filtering pollutants out of the river. But not all plants can survive along the San Lorenzo River, it takes particular plants with specific adaptations to live near water and to help filter out pollutants. Students will be guided through a variety of hands-on activities, observations, writing and drawing assignments, and gain content knowledge by watching brief videos.

Lesson Series Materials
Lesson activities are shared in hyperdocs which are documents that include instructions and links to the activities. Each of the seven lessons has their own individual hyperdoc which can be accessed from the below Teacher Lesson Overview Hyperdoc. You will also find supporting documents below as well.
Plant Scavenger Hunt
Draw a plant guide
Pollution Scavenger Hunt

Schedule “Native Plants: Nature’s Cleaner”
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