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Lesson Plan: Plants (Writing - GR1)

plants writing lesson

Subject:  Writing

Grade: 1

Lesson Objective: To write an informational piece about the life cycle of a plant

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.




  • What have you learned about the life cycle of a plant?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Life cycles are the changes that living things go through during their lives.  We have talked about the life cycle of a plant.
  • Plants start as seeds and then start to grow once they are on the ground.  The first part of the plant to grow is its roots.  Next is a stem and then leaves.  The plant continues to grow and either grows fruits, vegetables, flowers or seed pods.
  • After the plant has stopped growing, the seeds fall to the ground and the life cycle starts over again.
  • Today, you are going to write about the life cycle of a plant.  Choose one plant to write about.  You can choose a fruit or vegetable plant, a plant that has flowers or a tree that grows seed pods.
  • You will start by writing an opening or beginning which explains what you will be writing about.  Then, you need to add some details to explain what you know.  The last thing you do is write an ending.
  • For example, “This is the life cycle of a bean plant.  A seed grows roots, a stem and leaves.  The plant then grows beans.  Some beans fall on the ground and the seeds inside come out.  They will start to grow.  That is the life cycle of a bean.”  (Write this on the board for the students to see)
  • I wrote an opening (underline or point to it).  I then added details before I wrote a closing.
  • When you are writing about the life cycle, remember to use as many details as you can so the reader can learn something new.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share what you wrote?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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