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Life Cycle of Plants

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The life cycle of plants lesson introduces learners to the process of growth, change, and adaptation of plants. Learning about these stages helps them understand plants better and sparks creativity and imagination. By the end of this lesson, learners will know more about how plants grow and have an incredible 3D simulation to show!


Lesson Overview

Overview Activity Objectives
Opening Activity Learners will learn about the different stages of Life cycle of plants by performing a virtual experiment.
  • Identify and describe the key stages of a plant's life cycle
Main Activity Learners will create a 3D simulation of all the stages of the life cycle of plants they have learnt in the classroom.
  • Apply their understanding to create a 3D simulation illustrating the plant life cycle
Closing Activity Learners will go on a walk in a nearby garden or park and identify different stages of plants, and reflect on the outcomes with their peers.
  • Share their experience of creating a 3D simulation and understanding the stages of Plant Life cycle in detail


Prior Knowledge

Learners should have:

  • Basic familiarity with the concepts of plants, their growth, and the environment.
  • A passion for exploring nature and utilizing technology creatively.


Lesson Objectives

Learners will:

  • Identify and describe the key stages of a plant's life cycle.
  • Explain the importance of each stage in a plant's growth and development.
  • Apply their understanding to create a 3D simulation illustrating the plant life cycle.


Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the various stages involved in the life cycle of a plant.
  • Communicate the significance of each stage in the context of a plant's growth and environmental interaction.
  • Design and develop a 3D simulation showcasing the plant life cycle, accurately representing each stage.
  • Display enhanced creativity and technological skills by creating a visually engaging and informative simulation.



Pre-lesson Preparation

  • Like all lessons on Eddy, this lesson follows a specific approach. If this is your first time implementing an Eddy lesson, check out our 'How to set up an Eddy Classroom' for more information. 
  • Prepare necessary logistics in advance.
    • Printouts of Student's Handout- one per team
    • White sheets, black markers and scissors.
  • Prepare necessary technology/hardware in advance
    • Devices (tablets/laptops/Chromebooks/computers) - one per team
    • A stable wifi connection.


What can I do if I allocate more than three learners per group?
In the event of more than three learners per group, guide learners on ways to be equal, making time within the group to ensure everyone gets their share of hands-on learning. You can also assign the responsibility of monitoring equal making time and an opportunity to voice opinions to one team member.
Why do you believe it's crucial for young learners to grasp the process of how plants grow and change?
Understanding how plants grow and change is crucial for young learners as it nurtures their connection to nature, fosters curiosity, and builds a foundation for environmental awareness. This knowledge empowers them to make informed environmental decisions and sparks an early interest in science and sustainability.
What are your expectations for the young learners' learning outcomes or achievements through the creation of a 3D simulation depicting a plant's life cycle?
We aspire for young learners to grasp the plant life cycle stages more profoundly by creating a 3D simulation. This process also cultivates their creativity and tech skills, enabling them to communicate complex ideas effectively. Our goal is to spark enthusiasm for both the subject matter and the educational potential of technology.


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Introduce the ground rules, lesson norms, and team roles to students. You can check out our lesson approach if it’s your first time conducting an Eddy lesson.

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Introduce learners to the different stages of the plant life cycle by asking them, “Have you ever wondered how something as simple as a tiny seed can grow into a towering tree or a colorful flower?” 

  • Provide them a brief description of the stages of plant life cycle with the help of an educational video (Youtube video link:Plant Life Cycle)
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Introducing learners mystery behind the transformation of plant: From a seed to a seedling and then a plant.

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Familiarize the learners with the concept of the plant life cycle and its various distinct stages.

  • Seed
  • Germination & Seedling
  • Growing to Maturity
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Introduce the Seed stage to the learners "The seed stage is like the baby stage for plants. It's the very beginning of a plant's life, just like when a baby human is born".

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Describe Germination & Seedling stage to the learners where:

Germination - The Start of Life for a Plant

Germination is like the plant's birthday. It's when a seed comes to life and starts growing into a new plant. Imagine it as the moment when a baby plant wakes up from a long nap.

The Seedling Stage - Baby Plant Grows

Once the plant has woken up and started to grow, it enters the seedling stage. Think of this as the baby stage for plants.


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Introduce Growing to Maturity stage to the learners "When a plant reaches maturity, it's like being a grown-up. It can make its own seeds and continue the circle of life. Some plants live for just one season, while others can live for many years, growing bigger and stronger with each passing year".

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After introducing different stages of the plant life cycle to the learners, engage them in a virtual experiment of Germination and Seedling of Green Gram lentils. Ask learners to use the link https://www.olabs.edu.in/?sub=74&brch=31&sim=249&cnt=4 and perform a virtual experiment to see the process of germination and seedling in Green Gram lentils.

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After experiment , ask the learners to fill out page number 1 of their Student’s Handout worksheet for before and after experiment knowledge and observation



What if learners are not forthcoming with responses?
Ensure that you maintain a safe space in the classroom for learners to be confident in case of wrong answers. Time and again, declare that it is a judgment-free zone and that every response is valuable. For simple “yes” and “no” responses, encourage learners to use a simple “Thumbs up, thumbs down” response style.
For learners who require more support:
Simplify the activity by offering a clear, step-by-step guide for learners to conduct the experiment. Educators can then assist learners in completing the observation sheet after the experiment is carried out.
For advanced learners:
Task them to select a specific plant species and meticulously document its life cycle stages, considering each stage's environmental influences, growth rates, and unique characteristics. This multifaceted exploration will deepen their understanding and nurture critical thinking, research prowess, and communication skills as they present their findings.

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Introduce the main activity to the learners by asking “How do they imagine infusing life into these stages through the magic of a 3D simulation?” and what if they are able to create a 3D simulation of the different stages of the plant life cycle?

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Now introduce the learners to the Assemblr Edu, where they will create the 3D simulation of the lifecycle of the plants.

Prior to commencing their work on Assemblr Edu, learners are encouraged to revisit the distinct stages of the plant life cycle. This recap of growth and adaptation involves completing Activity 2 in the Student's Handout.

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Now, learners will start creating their 3D simulation with the help of Assemblr Edu. Begin by guiding learners to set up their accounts if they don't have one already. Depending on your learners' familiarity with this tool, you should guide learners through the following steps mentioned in the teaching deck.

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Introduction to Assemblr Edu

  • Get learners to navigate on their devices https://edu.assemblrworld.com/
  • Guide your learners through the process of creating a project.
  • If this is your first time using Assemblr Edu, please refer to the tech tutorial here
  • You may refer to an example here https://asblr.com/RtTWv for an example of how your students' creations might look like.
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Play the timer on the screen for learners to be mindful of completing the task on time. 



What if students face problems navigating the platform?
If learners struggle with navigating the platform, offer alternative learning options, such as additional resources(Tech tutorials/video tutorials) or assignments that align with the Assemblr Edu project's learning objectives.
What if some of my learners encounter challenges while creating a 3D simulation on Assemblr Edu?
Suppose some learners find creating a 3D simulation on Assemblr Edu challenging. In that case, we'll offer additional guidance, step-by-step tutorials, and personalized assistance to ensure everyone can successfully navigate the process and achieve their learning goals.
For learners who require more support:
Scaffold their learning by breaking down the 3D simulation into discrete steps. Then, the educator can use relevant examples (e.g., video recommendations on YouTube).
For advanced learners:
1.Select Ecosystem: Choose a specific ecosystem to focus on (e.g., rainforest, desert, ocean). Research and Data Gathering: Conduct in-depth research to gather data on the ecosystem's components, species interactions, and environmental factors.
2.Simulation Design: Utilize Assemblr Edu's advanced features to construct an interactive 3D simulation of the chosen ecosystem. Include various species, habitats, and dynamic elements like weather changes. Realistic Interactions: Implement natural ecological interactions such as predation, competition, and symbiosis. Ensure that species' behaviors align with their real-life counterparts.
3.Environmental Variables: Incorporate adjustable variables like temperature, humidity, and human impact to observe the effects on the ecosystem over time.
4.Narration and Explanation: Add educational narration or text boxes to explain the ecosystem's dynamics and how variable changes impact the balance.


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Ask the learners to share their creations on a Padlet link.

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Consolidate learning and invite students to share reflection questions. Sample answer for the reflection question is given below:

Go for a walk outside and find real plants. Can you identify which stage they are in?

After venturing outdoors and observing natural plants, I can confidently identify their stages. By closely examining the plants' features and growth patterns, I can distinguish whether they are in the seedling stage, actively germinating, or flourishing in their mature form. This hands-on experience of connecting theoretical knowledge with real-life examples enhances my understanding of plant life cycles and strengthens my ability to recognize their various stages in nature.


How can the experience of creating 3D simulations enhance learners' retention of the plant life cycle stages compared to traditional methods?
Creating 3D simulations significantly boosts learners' retention of plant life cycle stages compared to traditional methods. These simulations engage multiple senses, forging strong links between theory and visual representation. The interactive process fosters critical thinking and analytical skills while offering a more comprehensive and lasting learning experience than static visuals or text-based methods.
Does observing plants at various life cycle stages during an outdoor walk effectively connect theoretical knowledge with real-life observations in the lesson?
Observing plants in different life cycle stages during an outdoor walk undeniably forges a strong connection between theoretical knowledge and real-life observations in the lesson. Witnessing the concepts learned in class manifest in the natural world reinforces the understanding of plant growth processes. This hands-on experience makes the theoretical content tangible, enhancing the overall learning experience and providing a lasting impression of the intricate stages of plant development.
Moving forward, how might you leverage the insights gained from this lesson to incorporate more technology-driven, creative learning experiences in the curriculum?
Taking the lessons learned from this experience, the educator envisions integrating additional technology-driven, creative learning opportunities into the curriculum. By harnessing interactive tools like simulations, the aim is to elevate engagement and comprehension across diverse subjects. This strategic approach aligns with contemporary educational trends, equipping students with essential digital competencies while nurturing a multifaceted and dynamic learning atmosphere.



Understanding the stages of the plant life cycle 



Demonstrates a limited understanding of plant life cycle stages and their characteristics.



Displays a satisfactory understanding of plant life cycle stages and their attributes.



Demonstrates a thorough understanding of plant life cycle stages, their characteristics, and interactions.


Creating a 3D Simulation



Constructs a basic 3D simulation with minimal accuracy in representing the stages of plant growth.



Creates a moderately accurate 3D simulation that reflects the main stages of plant growth.



Constructs a highly accurate and visually appealing 3D simulation that effectively represents all stages of plant growth





Offers minimal insights into the connection between theoretical knowledge and real-life observations during the simulation.



Conveys a reasonable understanding of the link between theoretical knowledge and real-life observations during the simulation, though lacking depth.



Articulates a comprehensive and insightful connection between theoretical knowledge and real-life observations during the simulation, highlighting complexities and key learnings.


Comments (1)

Peeyusha Sharma
05 Oct 2023
Teaching the Life Cycle of Plants became 10x more interesting using simulations. My learners really enjoyed the lesson. Looking forward to using this tool for more of my Science lessons.