Plants & Animals

What do plants need to survive? What do animals need to survive? What are the parts of a plant? What do those parts do for the plant? Those are the questions we have been answering in science over the past couple weeks.

We made these adorable little flowers to write and illustrate the 4 things that plants need to survive: water, air, nutrients, and light!


We also talked about the main parts of a plant — the roots, stems, leaves, and flowers! I taught the class a song to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to help them remember the parts AND the function of those 4 parts. Believe it or not, my mom (current teacher herself!) created this song and passed it onto me when I became a teacher!

Check us out below singing each verse 🙂

We used the information from the song to make a flip book where we named each part of a plant and wrote about its function.

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Interdependence means “depending one each other”. Our class made some amazing observations that plants need us and we need plants — plants give off Oxygen that we breathe in; we breathe out CO2 that plants breathe in! Our relationships show interdependence 🙂 Along with Oxygen, animals need 4 other things: water, food, shelter, and space! Each child picked an animal and drew a picture of it in its habitat with the 5 things it needs. I couldn’t pick just one to show you–they were all so amazing.

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We’ve been working very hard on our non-fiction animal research books…hopefully your child has mentioned what animal they are researching and some of the things they have learned! Next week we will take our notes and begin writing our final drafts. Can’t wait to see how they turn out 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!


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