Life Cycle of a Plant

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11567

What does a baby plant look like? Where do they come from? How would you like to grow your own plant to see how it grows up? Watch an online lesson about plant life, then start your own little garden!


Life Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever observed a plant over a long period of time, maybe in your yard?
  • How did that plant change as time passed?

Plants grow and change just like all living things.

  • Can you think of a time when you picked a flower and it wilted?
  • Why does that happen?

In this lesson, you will learn all about the lifecycle of plants.

wilted rose

  • Have you ever grown a plant?
  • What did you start with?

That's right! You started with a seed. All plants grow from seeds. Look at the seeds below.

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  • Can you see that all seeds come in different shapes, colors, and sizes?
  • Do you know what seeds need to grow?

Tell your parent or teacher what you know about growing a plant from a seed.

That's right, you need water, sunlight, soil, and air to make a seed grow into a plant!

The seeds shown below grow into a pumpkin plant.If a seed gets everything it needs, it will start the germination process. This happens when the plant pokes out of the seed and starts growing towards the surface.

Check out the growing seeds — this is what the germination process looks like:

sprouting pumpkin seeds

If the plant continues to get what it needs, it will continue to grow.

  1. First, the roots will grow. The roots of the plant grow beneath the soil. Roots are used to soak up water and nutrients from the soil.
  2. The stem will begin to grow, too. This part holds the plant up and transfers the water and nutrients throughout the plant.
  3. As the plant continues to grow, leaves, flowers, and seeds will emerge.

Check out the flower below. Name all the parts aloud with your parent or teacher. If possible, find a real plant in your learning space and point to each part on the plant.

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The seeds of the plant move from place to place in a variety of ways. Seeds can be moved by wind, water, and animals. When the seeds are fertilized, they will grow into a new plant.

Move on to the next section to learn more about the plant life cycle.

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