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18 Fun Seed & Plant Activities for Kindergarten – Free File

Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!

Seed and Plant Activities for Kindergarten

If you want to sprout some plant knowledge into your classroom activities, you’ve come to the right place! [See what I did there? ]Today, I’m excited to share some wonderful plant activities you can add to your kindergarten lessons. 

I have collected some great books to add to your collection, even a few life cycle videos, reading comprehension activities, math and literacy ideas, and ways to explore the parts of a plant.  You will even find a plant free download pdf at the end of this blog post. So let’s get started!

(NOTE:  This blog post contains affiliate links where I earn a small commission.  But the ideas are my own.)

Plants Read Aloud Lessons

A Seed is Silent, written by Dianna Hutts Aston and gorgeously illustrated by Sylvia Long, is a nonfiction book that reveals the wonders of seeds. I love all the different colors of these seeds!

A Seed is Silent Book Summary

A Seed is Silent highlights how various seeds are uniquely equipped to thrive, disperse, and blossom into incredible plants. The writing is poetic, and the botanical illustrations are stunning and intricate. I’ve never thought much about the marvels of seeds, but this book will change my perspective! 

Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!

A Seed is Silent Interactive Read Aloud

In an interactive read-aloud in a kindergarten or first grade classroom, the teacher decodes the text, reading aloud with expression and clarity. This approach allows the young learners to focus solely on comprehending the story. They engage with the text by listening to and discussing it with their peers. This method is a perfect way to help build students’ listening comprehension skills and introduce them to new vocabulary. By handling the reading, the teacher can guide discussions, ask probing questions, and encourage predictions, fostering a deeper understanding and connection to the material. This interactively enhances their cognitive abilities.  Plus, kids LOVE it!    

Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!
There are so many different plants and even trees in this book!

#1 Plant Activity – Building Schema

What is Schema Building?

Schema building in reading comprehension involves connecting new information from a text to what we already know. This strategy is crucial because it helps children make sense of new stories and facts by linking them to their existing knowledge, making reading a more meaningful and engaging experience.

Prior to reading the book, we talked about what the students already knew about seeds and plant life cycles.  As we read, we adjust our understanding on this anchor chart.

I was attending a conference where I heard Doug Fisher talk about this idea of addressing misconceptions. In a nutshell, he stated that research has found that unless you explicitly draw the learner’s attention to misconceptions, they will often continue to hold their previous beliefs. I found that fascinating.  I am also very glad we continue to include misconceptions in our lesson plans.

Young children then take a moment to discuss what they learned with their partners.  These teaching slides are very helpful for guiding the conversations.

Kindergarten students then complete their own response page on what they learned about seeds.

#2 Parts of a Seed

This book is filled with fascinating facts. I love all the various plant life cycles that are included on this one page!

You can also see how the illustrator provided a gorgeous close-up of the different parts of a seed. We used this image to complete our own seed labeling page.

Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!

First, we use this teaching slide to label the seed.

Then, the students completed their own parts of a seed page.

#3 Seed Opinion Writing

Students were asked to talk to their partners about the most interesting thing they learned about seeds. This teaching slide supports their conversation.

Then, once again, students responded to the writing prompt.

#4 Plants Sentence Study

As with every book, we incorporate sentence study activities each week.

#5 Seed and Plant Craft Activity

Here is the gorgeous plant craft that is included in our Engaging Readers lesson plans.

The students had so much fun adding the tissue paper petals to their construction paper flowers.

You can find all of the lesson plans and activities above in our Engaging Readers Reading Comprehension unit.

# 6 Videos about Plants and Seeds

Here are a few videos that I think your students will enjoy.  Let’s start off with the plant book I have already talked so much about.

This video also explores how seeds become plants.

Perhaps planting seeds is not something you can do in your classroom. This video lesson is pretty awesome.  

Looking at the inside of a bean seed, the host talks about the function of each part of the seed. 

There are also instructions for a seed germination experiment.  Your students can do this at home or in your classroom.  You will need:

  • a bean seed for each student
  • a paper towel for each student
  • small plastic bags
  • a sunny window

This little research project takes a few days, but your students will be able to see the seed sprout within a few days this way.

Planting in a pot of soil takes a bit longer (and I always forgot to water the poor plants.)

This video lesson will help your students identify the parts of a plant.

This video also talks about what each part of a plant does and how it contributes to the overall life cycle of the plant.

# 7 A Poem About Plants

Back in 2011, I wrote this poem about plants.  My students always loved using big words like germination and photosynthesis.

We read and sang the poem all week.  It was also added to their poetry notebook!

You can find this poem in my April Poetry unit or purchase it as a stand-alone activity.

# 8 Digital Activities About Plants and Seeds

These digital interactive notebooks make life so easy for kindergarten teachers.  They are a perfect addition to your plants unit.

First, they watch an informative video about plants and seeds.  This is embedded in the Google Slide. Then, they complete a few activities.

Each topic is narrated for the students so they can work independently.

# 9 Other Books About Plants

Read alouds are a fun way to introduce a topic and get students excited about plants and to learn a few things, too! Here are a few books to check out. 

This last book doesn’t teach much about plants, but I saw it and had to share it with you! This sweet story is about planting a seed of kindness… what a great way to tie in some character-building during your study of plants!

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In addition to reading comprehension activities, there are other ways to explore the world of plants in your classroom.

From hands-on plant activities in student learning centers to strengthening fine motor skills with handwriting activities. 

Check these ideas out!

# 10 & #11 Plant Math Ideas

Have fun practicing measuring and graphing math skills with these FREE printables! You can snag this free file at the end of the post. 

Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!
Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!

#12 & #13 Other Plant Themed Math and Literacy Centers

You will find several plant and Spring activities in my math and literacy centers bundle! 

Learning about plants in your primary classroom can be so much fun! Here are a few ideas and lessons, plus a free file for you!
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Here are the links for the math and literacy centers unit for April:

#14 & #15 More Plant Themed Math Center Games

Plant week is the perfect time to bring out spring math centers.   These math centers have games and activities that young kids love.

Learning about plants in your primary classroom can be so much fun! Here are a few ideas and lessons, plus a free file for you!
Learning about plants in your primary classroom can be so much fun! Here are a few ideas and lessons, plus a free file for you!

# 17 Plant Stamping Center

The stamping center is a classroom favorite!   There are 5 different stamping page options with garden or plant vocabulary words.

Get your free download of plant activities perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Our 'A Seed is Sleepy' lesson plans and plant crafts make learning about plants interactive and fun. Ideal for classroom activities that inspire little green thumbs!

# 18 Plant Handwriting and Sentence Practice

These plant sentences are a super quick morning work activity. As you can see, there are three different variations of these plant-themed sentences.  This allows you to differentiate these worksheets to meet the needs of your little learners.

Download This Free Lesson Plan Template

You can download this free template and edit it to make it your own!  I have linked each activity on the PDF version of the worksheet so you can find the additional resources mentioned.

Download the free template by clicking here.

Do you want to see more lesson plans like this?

I have planned out so many week-long lessons for you, so check it out!

Plants Activities and More

I hope you have a great week learning about plants in your classroom.  I hope you found a few ideas to add to your plant science unit. Here are few other spring blog posts you may be interested in.

Plant Free File PDF

Snag the free math printables here. Simply, add your email address to the box and you will receive an email with the free file. 

 
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My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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