The Great Plant Escape
Kelly Tenkely | Teaching.monster.com
The Great Plant Escape is a wonderful interactive website created by the University of Illinois Extension for fourth and fifth grade students. Every school that I know of teaches a plants unit at some point in the curriculum. This is a great way for your students to interact with their learning in science class. Each lesson in The Great Plant Escape introduces students to plant science. Activities engage students in math, science, language arts, social studies, music and even art. The Great Plant Escapeincludes six mystery cases that students must help solve. They do this in a variety of ways depending on the activity. This site can be played in English or Spanish making it great for your ESL or ELL students as well as those kiddos learning Spanish as a second language!
How to integrate The Great Plant Escape into the classroom:
The Great Plant Escape offers a lot of flexibility depending on your classroom setup and student abilities. Students can work individually in a lab setting or in groups as a center in the one or two computer classroom. This site would also be appropriate for whole class instruction with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Each activity has an accompanying teacher section that will familiarize you with the material covered in that “case”. Be sure to check out the Links page for some excellent resources for additional lessons and websites dedicated to teaching kids about Plants and life cycles. This site is sure to add a lot of interest to your plant unit in science. My students have really enjoyed it!h4. Tips:
Visit the Teacher’s Guide for a free poster for The Great Plant Escape for your classroom.