What Plants Need to Live and Grow

What Plants Need to Live and Grow

A science article explaining what plants need to live and grow. Photosynthesis is introduced as the requirement to provide sufficient carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to enable plant growth. It is also explained how plants need space and sufficient soil in which to grow their roots. Different ways of providing a plant with additional minerals through the use of fertilizers are also discussed.

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Describing the Structure of Plants

Describing the Structure of Plants

This school science article is suitable for primary and elementary children aged between 5 and 7. We learn to identify different parts of a plant including flowers, petals, stems, leaves, roots, bulbs and seeds. Each image has an arrow pointing to the part of the plant that children are asked to identify.There are no explanations as to the function of each part of the plant.

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Deciduous and Evergreen Trees

Deciduous and Evergreen Trees

Comparing the features of evergreen trees with the features of deciduous trees; how they have different leaves; how their shapes are different; how deciduous trees and evergreen trees are different in spring, summer, autumn and winter; deciduous trees grow flowers whilst evergreen trees grow cones; deciduous trees drop their leaves in autumn whilst evergreen trees keep theirs.

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Leaves, Stems and Roots

Leaves, Stems and Roots

This article explains how the veins in leaves and stems circulate water, nutrients and energy round the plant; how the ‘stomata’ of leaves are frequently open during the day but shut at night; how carbon dioxide enters leaves through the ‘stomata’; looking at stomata through an electron microscope; an introduction to how leaves use carbon dioxide, light and water to make ‘food’.

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Describing the Structure of Trees

Describing the Structure of Trees

In this science article we describe what trees are; we learn to identify different parts of a tree including their leaves, boughs, twigs, trunks and roots; we describe different sizes of trunk and different types of leaf including ‘broad’ leaves and needles; we think of reasons why trees have bark including how bark stops trees getting diseases ; we suggest other weblinks about trees

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Parts of a Plant-the Flower

Parts of a Plant-the Flower

Functions of different parts of a flower including sepals, petals, anthers, filaments, stigma and style; why petals are brightly colored; how insects are attracted to plants to feed for nectar and leave a flower with pollen sticking to their bodies; how insects feed on nectar using their proboscises; how insects pollinate other flowers; different types of pollinator; the insect proboscis; suggested links.

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