tomato plant seedling

Life Cycle of Plants

Theses activities provide students with visual impairments with evidence of the growth and change in plants.


The five activities included in this group of lessons provide students with visual impairments with evidence that all living things grow and change as they progress through their life cycle.



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All of the activities detailed in this lesson plan can be done with students who are visually impaired. Tactile models and braille materials will be key and all of the activities will require more time for repeated tactical exploration and expression. The Seed to Flower video may be too fast-paced for some students and may require repeat viewings. Also, if students have not yet been expressly taught about the life cycle of animals or humans, it may be best to stay focused on developing a deep understanding of the plant life cycle.


These five activities were adapted or developed by Perkins’ teachers as part of this lesson on the life cycle of plants:

  1. Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
  2. The Germinator
  3. Creating a 3-D Model of a Plant Life Cycle
  4. Supermarket Botany
  5. Plant Parts: Matching Game and Bingo


NGSS Standards:

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Collage of plant life cycle

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