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science_of_spring_200x133.jpgSpring is a time of beauty as flowers bloom, trees sprout new leaves, and the weather provides just the right amount of sun and water to make it all happen. Help students understand the Science of Spring with lessons and activities from Thinkfinity, including The Science of Spring from Science NetLinks. Engage your students in hands-on activities as they cultivate plants and make observations with online journals and photo sharing. Get your budding scientists started today.

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Crops 2: What Plants Need to Grow

Science NetLinks | Lesson | K-2
This lesson familiarizes students with the kinds of things that plants need to grow well.

Look at Those Seeds Grow!

Science NetLinks | Lesson | K-2
This lesson is written to accompany The Science of Spring website and to help incorporate the site and the planting of seeds into your science classroom. By the end, students will know the basic parts of seeds and what they need to grow into a plant.

How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | K-2
Students plant a garden and study its growth using the inquiry process of questioning and exploring. As they research and study, students record their observations in a field journal.

What Parts Are There to a Plant?

Science NetLinks | Lesson | K-2
Students observe and document similarities and differences between parts of plants.

Cycle of Life 1: Food Chain

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 3-5
This lesson helps students understand that almost all animals' food can be traced back to plants and that the sun is the ultimate source of energy needed for all organisms to stay alive and grow.

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 3-5
Students use the book Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life to teach students the basics of photosynthesis and the role the sun plays in keeping plant and animal life alive and thriving on Earth.

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 3-5
After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.

Weather Watchers

Illuminations | Lesson | 3-5
Students collect and analyze data about the weather and learn to make a stem-and-leaf plot. Students use newspapers, the Internet, or other sources to collect weather data.

Tree Talk

Illuminations | Lesson | 3-8
If a tree could talk, we could ask it how old it is. Here is a mathematical way to estimate the age of your schoolyard trees. Students will measure circumference of trees in order to find diameter and calculate age of local trees using a growth rate table.

Plants 1: Plant Parents

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
Students develop understanding that most plants usually reproduce sexually. Students will learn the parts of the flower and the process of sexual reproduction in plants.

The Four Seasons

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
This lesson helps students design a garden to better understand what happens in nature.

Wildflower Garden

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
This lesson helps students understand that it is the tilt of Earth's axis that causes the seasons.

Tetrahedral Kites

Illuminations | Lesson | 6-12
Each student constructs a tetrahedron and describes the linear area and volume measurements using non-traditional units of measure. Four tetrahedra are combined to form a similar tetrahedron whose linear dimensions are twice the original tetrahedron. The area and volume relationships between the first and second tetrahedra are explored and generalizations for the relationships are developed.

Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

EDSITEment | Lesson | 9-12
The contest between a fertile but sometimes unforgiving landscape and the spirit of those who worked it is powerfully captured in the brief poem that characterizes spring on the frontier and serves as a preface to Cather's novel, O, Pioneers!

Trout Pond: Numerical Analysis

Illuminations | Lesson | 9-12
This investigation illustrates the use of iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. Graphs, equations, tables, and technological tools are used to investigate the effect of varying parameters on the long-term population.


Plant Hunters

The New York Botanical Garden | Tool | K-12
Travel through a world of plants in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden. Discover 66 plants from around the globe that all live in the very same building. Your students may be Beginning Botanists now, but they can become Professional Plant Hunters, after they try out the seven different Plant Challenges.

Project Noah App

Science NetLinks | Tool | K-12
This app helps you identify plants and gives you the opportunity to help in field missions for citizen science projects.

Dig It!

Illuminations | Tool | 3-6
Let's get dirty! In this Calculation Nation game, players create and locate fractions on a number line to tell the shovel where to dig. Earn points for the amount of dirt you collect and the number of jewels you discover.

Leafsnap App

Science NetLinks | Tool | 3-12
This mobile field guide uses recognition software to help you identify tree species.

Project BudBurst App

Science NetLinks | Tool | 6-12
Use this app to find out about local plants and participate in a citizen science project collecting data for a national research program.


Add Seasons to Rhyming Poems and Songs

ReadWriteThink | Activity/Project | K-2
Choose favorite rhyming songs or nursery rhymes then replace the rhyming words with seasonal themes.

Engaging the Five Senses to Learn About Our World

ReadWriteThink | Tip/How-To | K-2
The outside world shapes children's development through experiences that they have, which include using their five senses--hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. Drawing a child's attention to the five senses and discussing them increases understanding of and communication about the world around us.

Plant Parts

Science NetLinks | E-Sheet | K-2
In this activity, students build a salad.

Watching a Garden Grow

ReadWriteThink | Activity/Project | K-2
When you plant a garden, involve children in the process by writing down questions and observations on the garden's growth in a garden journal.

Beauty All Around You

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Activity Sheet | K-4
This activity guide includes tips for finding local botanical gardens, suggestions of activities to do while exploring the botanical garden or neighborhood, and background information on Lady Bird's environmental activism.

Discover and Protect Nature

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Activity | K-4
Help students observe and appreciate the natural world with these activities, based on the children's book Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World.

Plant a Seed

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Activity Sheet | K-4
Plant a seed and track its growth in this activity related to First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community.

A Growing Seed

Science NetLinks | Resource | K-5
To accompany our interactive student website, The Science of Spring, we are inviting elementary-school educators and afterschool coordinators to share with their classes this seed diagram.

Planting Seeds and Watching Them Grow

Science NetLinks | E-Sheet | K-5
In this activity, students have the chance to plant some bean seeds and watch them grow!

The Science of Spring Campaign

Science NetLinks | Resource | K-5
To accompany our interactive student website, The Science of Spring, we are inviting elementary-school educators and afterschool coordinators to have their classes take part in an activity that combines hands-on and interactive components.

The Science of Spring Activity Sheet

Science NetLinks | Activity Sheet | K-5
To accompany our interactive student website, The Science of Spring, we are inviting elementary-school educators and afterschool coordinators to have their classes complete this activity sheet.

Can Plants Eat Insects?

Wonderopolis | Video/Activity | K-12
Can plants eat insects? What are some examples of carnivorous plants? Do carnivorous plants pose and danger to human beings? Students will learn the answer to these questions in this Wonderopolis resource.


National Geographic Education | Encyclopedic Entry | K-12
Weather is a temporary condition of the Earth's atmosphere. Read about the science behind weather systems and weather forecasting and explore a photo gallery.

What Would You Plant in Your Garden?

Wonderopolis | Video/Activity | K-12
What is it like to grow your own food? How can you have a garden if you don't have a backyard? Do veggies from your own garden taste better? Students will learn the answer to these questions in this Wonderopolis resource.

Create a Local Weather Map

National Geographic Education | Activity | 1-2
Students draw pictures that symbolize different types of weather and then use information about today's weather to make their own local weather map.

Be a Hydroponic Gardener

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Activity | 1-6
Believe it or not some plants can grow without soil. This type of gardening is called hydroponics; here's how you can get started.

The Reason for the Seasons

National Geographic Education | Activity | 2-5
Students use polystyrene foam balls and light bulbs to investigate the sun's intensity on the surface of the Earth.

Sweet Secret

National Geographic Education | Article | 5-12
Learn how plants make sugar out of air through photosynthesis.

Growing Season

National Geographic Education | Encyclopedic Entry | 5-12+
A growing season is the period when crops and other plants grow successfully.

Tilted Earth

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
In this podcast, learn what caused the Earth to tilt.


National Geographic Education | Encyclopedic Entry | 6-12+
Find a student-friendly encyclopedic entry all about the science of seasons.


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