Grade 3: Plant Growth and Development
In this unit, students observe the life cycle of the plant Brassica rapa. Students plant their own seeds to begin an 8-week inquiry into the life cycle of a simple plant. Using plants that complete their life cycle in 35 days, students are able to watch germination and maturation while learning about the specific parts of a plant and the function each serves. Because they care for their own seedlings, students learn that plants need light, soil, nutrients from soil, and water to survive.