1. NGSS 3.Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and
Traits 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique
and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth,
reproduction, and death. Students will describe the stages of the life
cycle of a flowering plant. Students will explain what plants need for
survival. Students will learn how seeds are dispersed into the
atmosphere and understand how the cycle starts over.
Seed - They begin their lives as seeds. Seeds are like baby
plants. They have a hard outer shell that protects the seed embryo
Germination - The seed ends up on the ground. It needs air,
water, and soil to grow. When a seed begins to grow, this is called
germination. The first growth will usually be some small roots. Then
stems will grow.
Sprout or seedling - When the first sign of life appears above the soil, this is called a sprout or seedling.
Mature plant - The seedling will continue to grow into a full mature plant with leaves, roots, and stems.
Flowering - The mature plant will grow flowers. Through
pollination, the flowers will produce seeds. When the seeds end up on
the ground, the cycle will begin again.