Plants in action addresses AC Science Understanding ACSSU072 Living things have life cycles, through the context of growing a bean.

Plants in action provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • observe and compare dry and soaked bean seeds
  • observe and record the on-going process of the germination of a bean seed
  • explore the parts of a flower and consider which are required for pollination
  • observe fruits and the seeds inside them and consider the relationship between flowers and fruits

Students apply their new learning by:

  • planning and conducting an investigation into the factors that affect plant growth

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Plants in action, students represent and explain their understanding about how living things have life cycles, by creating these representations:

  • Cross section
  • Factual text
  • Labelled diagram
  • Procedural text
  • Data table
  • Timeline
  • TWLH chart
  • Word wall

External resources

Information about Australian plants, botany, horticulture, and the lives of famous botanists.