Growth and Changes in Plants and their Interaction with the Environment

  • Location

    Describe the assignment of growing tomatoe plants. Decide as a class where plants could be placed to see where they would grow best. Lesson: How do plants meet their need for water and sunlight? How do we ensure that our plants stay safe in the environment?
  • Plant

    Let's Grow SomethingPlant your seeds just under the surface of the pot soil where it can reach the nutrients it requires. Lesson: What type of soil is best suited for planting?
  • Fertilize

    Extra NutrientsFarmers and gardeners add fertilizer or mulch to their gardens to help plants grow. Fertilizer and mulch provide additional nutrients that feed the plant. Add fertilizer to half the pots. Lesson: Use a concept map to describe how Early Settlers in Canada managed their crops.
  • Underground Mystery

    Underground Mystery
    Observation/Stage: The seed begins to open under the soil Lesson: How do plants and animals differ? Fill out a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast animals and plants.
  • Breaking the Surface

    Breaking the Surface
    Observations: The seedling has boken the surface of the soil. Lesson: Humans are animals. Fill out a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts humans to wild animals.
  • Sprouting Up

    Sprouting Up
    Observations: The tomato seed has broken the surface and the plant begins to gain height. The sprout shoots straight up. Lesson Question: (bring in sprouted tulip and tulip bulb). How does the tomato plant differ from the tulip in its structure and beginning stages of growth?
  • Gaining Height

    Gaining Height
    Observations: The plant grows in height and begins to grow leaves. Lesson: What kind of soil is best for growing vegetable plants?
  • Protection and Support

    Protection and Support
    Observation: As it gets taller, it begins to lean over. Lesson: We need to protect our plant. Insert a stick into the pot so your plant can have something to give it extra support so it grows tall. Concept map: How else can we protect plants in the environment? What do they need protection from? Write in your science book (below observations) how you feel about protecting plants from things in the environment that may harm them.
  • Blossoming

    Observations: The plant continues to get taller. It has grown leaves, and flowers are beginning to develop. Lesson: In groups, make a list of animals/insects you think would like to live near a vegetavle garden. Why would they like to live there? Gym Class: Predator and prey.
  • From the Inside, Out

    From the Inside, Out
    Observations: Tomatoes begin to sprout from the middle of the flowers on the tomato plant. The petals on the flower begin to wilt, the tomatoes are green in colour. Lesson: Write in your science book (below weekly observations) how humans interact and work with animals. Write 5 different ways or reasons why people have animals in their lives.
  • Flourish

    Observations: Tomatoes begin to blossom from the middle of the flower. These sprouting tomatoes are green in colour, the petals of the flower are wilting. Lesson: What did Early Settlers do with the crops they grew? Fill out the worksheet and circle the ways Settlers made use of their crops.
  • Tomatoes!

    Watch it Grow!
    Observations: The tomatoes are beginning to turn yellow and then to red. The flowers are gone. Some of the red tomatoes are ready to be picked! Lesson: In groups, perform a skit that shows the lifecycle of the tomatoe plant- from planting to picking.
  • References

    Plot 1: An Accomplished Woman. [July 2009]. Gardening: Tomato Stakes. (Picture).
    Plot 2: Completegarden's Weblog. [November 2008]. How to Save and Store Tomato Seeds. (picture).
    Plot 2: Rain BIrd. [May 2007]. Fertilizer in Springtime. (video).
  • References

    Plot 3: The Search Engine for Gardeners. [April 2011]. Fig. 148- Transplanting tomatoes. Union County, Illinois. (picture).
    Plot 4: CanstockPhoto. [December 2010]. Vector-Seed Sprouting. (drawing).
    Plot 5: Josh Irby. [September 2011]. Fruit of my Labour. (picture).
  • References

    Plot 6: Guide to Houseplants [2011]. Growing Tomatoes Indoors. (picture).
    Plot 7: Lush. [April 2009]. New Tomato Sprout in Pot]. (picture).
    Plot 8: Howstuffworks [2011]. Staking Vegetables. (picture).
  • References

    Plot 9: Barn Buddy Guru. [January 2011]. barn Buddy Tips on Using Fertilizers. (drawing).
    Plot 10: A-GITATE. [September 2008]. The Flower before the Fruit. (Picture).
    Plot 11:Everything you Need to Know about Growing Tomatoes. [2006]. How to Prevent Common Tomato Plant Diseases. (picture).
  • References

    Plot 12:Foss.[2011]. New Plants. (video)
    Plot 12:Going Green at Home. [November 2011]. Growing Tomatoes in Containers. (picture).
    The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8. Science and Technology (2009). Pages 70-81