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Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

What Do Plants Need?

Subject Area

English Language Arts




The teacher will present an informational text from the website, ReadWorks. The students and teacher can interact with this non-fiction text by annotating the text digitally. The students will answer the questions associated with the article as an assessment. This learning activity can be used to introduce students to the growth needs of plants, serve as reinforcement after students have already learned this concept, or be used as an assessment at the conclusion of a lesson. This learning activity will provide important background information before students plan and carry out their own investigation of growing plants. This resource also provides an eBook of the article with corresponding illustrations. 

    Science (2015) Grade(s): 2


    Plan and carry out an investigation, using one variable at a time (e.g., water, light, soil, air), to determine the growth needs of plants.

    Unpacked Content



    • Investigation
    • Variable
    • Water
    • Light
    • Soil
    • Air
    • Nutrients
    • Causes
    • Effects
    • Isolate


    Students know:
    • Basic growth needs of plants include water, nutrients, light, and air.


    Students are able to:
    • Conduct an investigation to produce data used as evidence.
    • Determine the growth needs of plants.
    • Collaboratively develop an investigation plan that describes key features of the investigation and isolates variables as needed.


    Students understand that:
    • There are observable patterns present in the growth of plants that can be used to determine the needs of plants.

    Scientific and Engineering Practices

    Planning and Carrying out Investigations

    Crosscutting Concepts

    Cause and Effect
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    Learning Activity

    Resource Provider


    Audio resources: includes a transcript or subtitles
    Text Resources: Content is organized under headings and subheadings

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