Discovering Plants

Grades 2-4  |  1.5 hours

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, and discover the relationships between plants and other living things. Focusing on flowering plants, your class will explore the herbarium, get hands on with real museum specimens, share their learning with each other, and get moving with an interactive game.

Curriculum Links

  • Grade 2: interpreting observations, making inferences, animal growth and changes
  • Grade 3: compare familiar plants according to similarities and differences in appearance and lifecycle, describe ways plants are important to other living things and the environment, describe how plants are harvested and used
  • Grade 4: interpreting data, habitats and communities

Suggested Resources

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.