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Young Plants Resemble Parent Plant

Young Plants Resemble Parent Plant

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to identify ways that young plants resemble the parent plant.

Essential Understanding

The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments.

Science Background

The Genetics of Inherited Traits: BioEd Online (video) – Dr. Ron McNeel explains why offspring resemble their parents.

The Genetics of Inherited Traits
BioEd Online,

Plant Reproduction: Wikipedia (website) - How plants reproduce to yield offspring that resemble their parents is described in detail. Sexual and asexual reproduction in plants is explained.

Plant Reproduction

Signature Lesson

The Circle of Life, Plants and Plant Growth: Colorado Unit Writing Project (PDF) – Use Activity One (pages 2–5) in which students observe adult marigold plants (another flowering plant can be substituted) and raise their own marigolds from seed. Have students identify and describe how the young plants resemble the adult plant.

The Circle of Life, Plants and Plant Growth
Colorado Unit Writing Project,

Supporting Lessons

Wisconsin Fast Plants: (PDF) - Use this fast-growing plant to observe a young plant and compare it to the adult or mature plant.

Wisconsin Fast Plants

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Grow your Own Avocado Plant: (website) - Get your students involved in the growing process with this simple and easy to start avocado seed.

Grow your Own Avocado Plant
by Cynthia Kozak,

Tree Lifecycle: Project Learning Tree (PDF) – Students discover that trees have lifecycles similar to those of other living things.

Tree Lifecycle
Project Learning Tree,

Assessment Ideas

How does it Grow? Lettuce: (website) – Make copies of lettuce life cycle cards. Have students place the cards in order and describe the ways in which the young lettuce plant resembles its parent.

How does it Grow? Lettuce

Literature Connections

What is a Plant? Kalman, Bobbie. (ISBN-13: 978-0865059825)

Seeds. Stone, Lynn. (ISBN-13: 978-1600446955)

Plants. Levine, Shar. (ISBN-13: 978-0778753902)

Related Science TEKS

(K.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(K.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student will collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

Related Math TEKS

K.8A   Describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.8B   Compare two objects based on their attributes.

K.15A Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Exploring the Native Plant World: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (PDF) -Set of hands-on lessons that teach young students about native plants, plant parts, and growth of flowering plants.

Exploring the Native Plant World
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,

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