You will learn to identify some of the characteristics of plants that are caused by adaptation.
Computer with internet access and printer, pencil, colored pencils or crayons
Plants stay in one place their whole lives. They can't go looking for water or sunlight.
So what happens to plants that start to grow in unfamiliar places? They either die out or they ADAPT to their surroundings.
Take a look at some ROOTS.
There are some great PICTURES of stems and leaves. Think: what do stems do?
Now see if you can discover some of the differences between leaves, stems and roots of plants that live in different environments. How do the plants make sure that they can get enough water? How do they control their exposure to the sun?
Check out these habitats and their plant populations.
Created August 8, 2001
Last Revised August 20, 2001
Suggested Grade Level: 4th
Science Content Standards:
Grade 4: Life Sciences (2b,3b)
Grade 4: Investigation and Experimentation (6a,c,f)
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In-depth info about PLANT ANATOMY : See "Teaching"
Students need a basic understanding of plant parts and their functions (roots, stem, leaf).
Interpreting data, making inferences, graphing
Effective use of Internet resources
Make a word-search or cross-word puzzle.
Here is a good EXPERIMENT on Desert Adaptation.