For hands-on activities involving parts of a plant, trees, flowers, and seeds that connect science with real life, choose Plants. This book, designed with good science and easy teaching in mind, covers these concepts: a plant is a living thing, plants have many parts, each part of a plant has a special function, the fruit of a flowering plant contains seeds, seeds contain new plants, seeds travel in many ways, plants change as they grow, plants need food, water, and light to grow, people need plants for food and oxygen, not all plants reproduce from seeds made by flowers. Activities help children practice skills in: observation, analysis, communication, making comparisons, prediction, critical thinking, and recording. Areas of study address major themes such as: change, structure, function, cycles, diversity, and cause and effect. Samples of the hands-on learning experiences: conduct experiments and record results to find out what plants need to grow, look inside a seed and then make an "Inside a Seed" book, plant bean seeds in a growing bag and keep a growth log, experiment to prove that plants give off oxygen. Contains many reproducible, ready-to-go resources, such as record sheets, logbook forms, minibooks, and picture cards. Illustrated throughout with fun, yet accurate line art. All 80 pages perforated for easy removal.