Printable Worksheets On Plants
Plants can carry out the process of photosynthesis. This is a chemical reaction that provides food for plants. Could you imagine if we could activate the process of photosynthesis within our bodies? It would bring a whole new meaning to dining outdoors! These worksheets help students understand key vocabulary and concepts within the plant family.
- Acrostic Poem
- Bank On It!
- Comparing Plant And Animal Cells
- Do The Research!
- Group Creative Writing
- If I Were A.... ?
- Landscape Writing Paper
- Money Plants Writing Paper
- Plant and Animal Cell Worksheets
- Reading Comprehension
- Venn Diagram: Comparing Flowering Plants
- Vocabulary Quiz
- Vocabulary List & Definitions
- Word Chop
- Word Search
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All About Plants
Plants are an essential resource for the planet and all living things. This article will cover the basic definition of plants, the importance of plants, the seven basic parts of a plant, the stages of a plant life cycle, tips on caring for plants, and the benefits of keeping plants. So, keep reading to find out all about plants.
The Basic Definition of Plants and Their Importance
A plant is a multicellular organism or living thing that grows in land or water. Plants are found in adverse climatic areas, from hot, sandy deserts to snowy mountain slopes –they can survive almost anywhere on the planet. Plants turn the light from the sun into food in photosynthesis. From giant trees to small patches of mosses, they exist in many sizes.
In addition to being a source of food, shelter, fiber, fuel, and herbal medicine, they also absorb carbon dioxide, which is harmful to humans. Plants are essential for maintaining a balance in nature. These organisms also provide food, shelter, and a natural habitat for many animals.
The Seven Basic Parts of a Plant
Here are the seven basic parts of plants that you should know about!
1. Seeds - Plants grow to form seeds. Seeds contain plant material that develops into a planet. The plant material contained in seeds is referred to as an embryo. Seeds have a protective coating and contain sufficient food for the baby plant until it is big enough to make its food from sunlight. The food included in seeds is referred as Cotyledons.
2. Roots - Roots are the most essential parts of a plant as they help anchor the plant in the soil. Roots also protect the plants from being damaged due to strong wind. Roots work to absorb all the essential nutrients and water from the soil to help the plant grow.
3. Stem - Stems are like the backbone of a plant and provide support to the upper part of the plant. Stems also work as a transport to move water and essential nutrients across plants. In the case of some species like cacti, bananas, and celery, photosynthesis takes place in the stem.
4. Leaves - Photosynthesis typically occurs in the leaves of most plants. The leaves are where the food for the organisms is produced. Leaves contain a green substance called chlorophyll that captures energy from the sunlight and uses that power to convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and food for the plants.
5. Flowers - The reproductive parts of plants are called flowers. Flowers attract bees, birds, and insects as they are fragrant. Here are the four basic parts of flowers:
After pollination and fertilization takes place in flowers, seeds are produced in the flower's ovary.
6. Fruits - Fruits are sweet and fleshy products of a plant or tree containing seeds and attracting animals to eat them, which helps in dispersing seeds for more plants to grow.
The Four Stages of Plant Life Cycle
There are four basic stages of a plant lifecycle which are described as follows:
1. Seed - The first stage of the plant lifecycle is when the seed gets planted into the soil and receives water and sunlight. Seeds are either planted in the ground or fall from the plants and settle in the soil.
2. Germination - After three to four days, the germination process takes seed, which means that the seed's hard shell softens, splits, and roots begin to grow. Seeds contain all the essential nutrients that a plant requires to grow. Roots grow downwards, while the shoots of the plant grow upwards.
3. Seedling - After a week of this process, shoots appear above the soil, after which leaves start to grow. If the plants receive sufficient water and nutrient, the stems grow taller and wider.
4. Growth Cycle- Buds are formed as the seedling grows, which then turn to unfold into petals. Once the plant is big and tall, it reaches the maturity stage, and flowers begin to blossom.
5. Seeds fall - Seeds fall from the fully blossomed flowers back into the soil for the plant cycle to begin again.
Tips on How to Care for Plants
Like all living things, plants require care and attention to survive. Here are some tips on caring for them:
1. Choosing the right pot is the first toward caring for your plant. It should not be too big or too small for the plant.
2. Use fertilized soil or add natural fertilizers like crushed egg shells to allow the plants to receive sufficient nutrients to grow.
3. Ensure that you water the plant regularly. Don't underwater or overwater your plant.
4. Give your plant plenty of sunlight. If you have it indoors, place them next to the windows where there is abundant sunlight.
5. Reading about your plant helps as it allows you to understand how much water and sunlight it needs to survive.
Benefits of Having Indoor Plants
Having indoor plants is not just a healthy activity, but it also comes with some added perks. Here are some of the benefits of keeping indoor plants.
1. Air-Cleaning Properties - They improve the quality of the air you breathe, which directly impacts your overall health. Fun fact: due to the air-cleaning properties of plants, researchers are now looking for ways to improve air quality in air-tight sealed spacecraft.
2. Reduce Stress and Improve the Mood - According to research, plants help reduce stress and put you in a better mood. Our connection to living things is in our DNA, which means that we are naturally drawn to seek connection with other forms of life on the planet, like animals and plants.
3. Boost Your Productivity - Caring for plants is a therapeutic, productive activity. They require to be watered and taken care of regularly, which adds a healthy exercise to your daily routine and allows you to be more effective.
4. Improves Sleep - Research suggests that indoor plants with green leaves, like dracaenas, improve the quality of our sleep, so it is best to have them in your bedroom.