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Want to get your middle school students inspired about the world of plants? BLOOM! Educational Resource Toolkit in partnership with Scholastic makes it easy. Teachers and homeschoolers, now you can download free lesson plans, worksheets, a student magazine, and a printable game to help your kids learn all about horticulture. BLOOM!’s lessons and activities are science and ELA standards-aligned specifically for grades 6 – 8.
Just yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter was saying that if she was to ever have an “ist” job, it would be a horticulturist. I’m pretty sure that’s because we’ve been spending many warm spring afternoons at the nursery buying plants and planting them here at home. We also recently took a visit to our local Botanic Gardens which was AMAZING. All this contributes to her growing interest in the study of plants.
What JJ doesn’t yet know is that there are more than 100 different careers in the horticulture industry. Jobs like plant scientists, landscape architects, arborists, urban farmers, and florist. She doesn’t realize the extent of horticulture; that it’s a mixture of art, science, technology, and business — all about plants. But, she will. And so will your students after learning with the lessons on the BLOOM! website.
It’s really important for our middle school children to understand plants, too. As you know, plants are essential to our environment — from clean air to shelter and food for animals. In fact, knowing about plants helps solve many world problems such as feeding an ever-expanding world or having access to clean water. The study of plants impacts the air we breathe, the fruits and vegetables we eat, and the beautiful landscapes we enjoy.
BLOOM! Lesson Plans & Activities (For Middle School)
On the BLOOM! site, you’ll find free materials to help students explore natural habitats, climate stability, plant life, and horticulture careers.
Each lesson plan links to lesson materials. You’ll see the lesson’s objectives and the duration to teach the lesson, then read step-by-step directions and extensions.
If there are printable lesson materials, you’ll see “Quick Links to Lesson Materials” at the top right. The example below is from the Plant Purpose lesson about native plants.
Students can play the printable BLOOM! board game. They’ll answer trivia questions about horticulture with the goal to reach one of the four career tiles — drone engineer, landscape architect, botanist, or urban forester. You might get asked questions like:
- Lining waterways with plants helps _________ water pollution.
A. add to
(The correct answer is B.)
- A scientist who studies plant biology is called a _____________.
(The correct answer is A.)
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