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The lifecycle of a plant 2 nd grade

The Lifecycle of a Plant2nd Grade

Sara Lubanski

EDU 3460


  • The goal of this presentation is for you to become familiar with what plants need in order to grow as well as the different stages in the life cycle of a plant.

  • At the end of this presentation, there will be a three question quiz on the content learned.

    • In order to achieve the goal of this presentation, all three questions must be answered correctly.


  • Standards Addressed:

    • “L.OL.02.14 Identify the needs of plants.”

    • “L.OL.02.22 Describe the life cycle of familiar flowering plants including the following stages: seed, plant, flower, and fruit.”

  • These standards are part of the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE’s)

The beginning of a plant
The Beginning of a Plant

Click the flower to watch a video of a seed going through germination! [1]

Back to Quiz Question 1

All plants start as seeds

Seeds come in all shapes and sizes

Seeds go through a process called germination

Germination is when a plant starts emerging from a seed

What does a seed need
What Does A Seed Need?

In order to grow into a plant, a seed needs proper light, water, warmth, and minerals

Without all of these things, a seed will not germinate

Parts of a plant
Parts of a Plant

Once a seed grows into a mature adult plant, it has:





To help you remember the parts of a plant, click on the picture to listen to a silly song! [2]


Provide support by securing the plant in the ground

Absorb water and nutrients for growth

  • Two types of roots:

    • Taproot

    • Fibrous


I’m a taproot!

Back to Quiz Question 2

Taproots reach far underground

They have one main root with smaller roots branching off of it

A common taproot that we eat are carrots

Fibrous roots
Fibrous Roots

I’m a fibrous root!

Fibrous roots are a bunch of very fine roots

These roots are spread throughout the soil

Common fibrous roots are grass and onions

The lifecycle of a plant 2 nd grade

  • Provide support, acts as the plants backbone

  • Carry water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves

  • Move food produced by the leaves throughout the plant

  • Two parts inside the stem:

    • Xylem cells – move water

    • Phloem cells – move food


  • Make food for the plant through a process called photosynthesis

  • Come in many different shapes and sizes

    • Simple leaf – single leaf blade

    • Compound leaf – separate leaflets

Simple Leaf

Compound Leaf

What is photosynthesis
What is Photosynthesis

Back to Quiz Question 3

  • How greenplants make their food

    • Chlorophyll is a pigment that makes some plants green

    • Chlorophyll is the main factor of photosynthesis

  • Carbon dioxide, water, and light energy are changed into glucose

    • Glucose is a sugar that is the source of food used by plants

More on photosynthesis
More on Photosynthesis!

Click the flower to join Mrs. Frizzle and Liz and learn more about photosynthesis! Check out The Facts, play the Factivity, and look at some of the Beyond the Facts websites! [3]


  • Flowers are used for more than just making a plant look pretty

  • Flowers are important in making seeds

  • The colorful petals of flowersattract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies

    • Pollinators move seeds from place to place, and help new plants to grow!


Some flowering plants also contain fruits

Fruits carry seeds and help plants to keep growing

When the seeds are dispersed, they can get buried

After they’re buried, if given proper light, water, warmth, and minerals the cycle starts all over again!

Video time
Video Time!

Hey Second Graders, click the flower to learn more about the parts of a plant and their functions! [4]

Why are plants important
Why Are Plants Important?

Plants are an important part of every habitat. Humans and animals use plants as a source of food!

Many medicines come from plants

Plants help control the water cycle

Through photosynthesis, plants take in the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and release the oxygen that we breathe in. We balance each other out!

Want to know more
Want to Know More?

If you loved learning about plants and want to know more, click on the flower and check out these fun facts! [5]

Checking for understanding
Checking for Understanding

It’s time to see what you’ve learned!

This quiz has three questions. Each question has four answers to choose from.

If you get the question correct, you can move on to the next one.

If you get the question incorrect, you can go back to another slide to refresh your memory. Then you can try answering the question again!

Good luck!

Quiz question 1
Quiz Question 1

What is the process a seed goes through to become a plant?







Quiz question 2
Quiz Question 2

What is a common type of taproot? (Remember, taproots have one main root with smaller roots coming off it)






Well Done!

Quiz question 3
Quiz Question 3

What is NOT used by a plant to make glucose during photosynthesis?


Carbon Dioxide


Light energy


You Got It!


You have completed the quiz and now you know all about plants! Plants are an important part of our world. Now that we know about the parts of a plant, we will be growing and observing our own!