Engaging Plant Activities for the Elementary Classroom

I love teaching plants! Every year, my students and I grow bean plants out of lima beans. Their progress pics are always so much fun to see. Check out my outline below of how to make your lima bean experiment a breeze, plus other engaging plants activities your students will love.

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants

Materials needed for the Lima Bean Experiment:

Lima bean science experiment idea for elementary students
  • Paper Towels
  • Water
  • Clear Cups
  • Black Sharpies
  • Lima Beans
Student working on lima bean science experiment.

Getting the students to wrap their paper towels into a circle is always tough!  But, letting them try and try to get their cups perfect is always fun. When the students get disappointed because their seeds won’t stay on the side of the cup, that’s a learning experience. That’s my opportunity to teach even more science and tell them that their seeds at the bottom of the cup will be an experiment just like the ones on the side of the cup.

Observing the Seed:

We watched the seeds for a few weeks and wrote about what we saw in our learning logs. For a while, the students were drawing and writing about the same thing and getting quite frustrated!

Seed observation of lima bean science experiment.

Learning About Plants While We Wait:

There is a lot of waiting in this experiment. It’ll take a while for the bean to grow and sprout. While they’re observing, I suggest starting a plant unit! I have an engaging plant activities set just for you! Here is a look at fold-and-go books, printables, passages, and cut and glue pages from my plant unit that are perfect teaching plants activities!

Love our fold and go mini books.  Flip them over, fold them twice, and the kids are ready to go!

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants

These teaching plants activities even come with comprehension questions!

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants

I’m wild about passages. They are short and sweet and teach the kids what they need to know while keeping them responsible for reading with their comprehension questions at the bottom.

Teaching about plant parts.

And print-and-go printables ready for supplemental lessons!

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants

Grab the teaching plants activities unit here!

Suggested Resources

If you’re looking for supplemental materials for your plant unit, check out this No Prep Resource! The unit comes with printable and digital versions of reading passages, cut-and-paste activities, graphic organizers, vocabulary sheets, and more!

I also have two other resources that are great for your Plants unit! Grab one of these to make your planning and prep so much simpler. Here is a flip book where students can read and write about the plants while creating a fun craft and a set of presentation slides and scripts to teach about plants without having to make your own! Click the buttons below to get a closer look:

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