Discovering Plants

Grades 2-4  |  75 minutes | Program


Plants are all around us and play an essential role in the lives of many living things – including ours! Students will investigate plant parts, life cycles, pollination, and discover the relationships between plants and other living things. Discover what makes a plant, and what common organisms are not actually plants. Focusing on flowering plants, your class will explore the UBC Herbarium exhibits, get hands-on with real museum specimens, share their learning with each other, and get moving with an interactive game.

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This is an educational program, which is an activity-focused experience. If you are looking for a museum tour, which will allow your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibitions and displays, please look at our selections of 60-minutes tours, such as To Eat or Be Eaten or What is Biodiversity?.

  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
    • Metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms
  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
    • The ways organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment.

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Colouring Pages
  • Origami

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities
We suggest using a scavenger hunt before or after your program to help students explore the museum in a guided way.

  • Forest Biodiversity
  • Parts of a Flower Worksheet
  • What’s in each Collection?

Post-Visit Resources

  • Pressing Plants
  • Nature Guides and Logs (specifically on plants)

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.