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Learning About Plants - Make a Terrarium

Learning About Plants - Make a Terrarium

Age: 2nd-6th grade

Purpose: The student will be able to:

  1. Identify the parts of a plant.
  2. Watch the growth and development of a plant over time.
  3. See how plants alter their environment.
  4. Learn how to care for a plant.


  • small shovel, sandwich bag
  • 2-liter plastic bottle with potting soil and pebbles (have students bring in empty 2-liter bottles).
  • Choose terrarium partners. Each pair collects a plant (these can be any weed in the school yard. Caution: identify poison ivy and avoid!)

Procedure for terrariums:

Carefully collect a small plant using the shovel to loosen the soil around its roots.

Save the dirt around the roots and put it, roots, dirt and all, into plastic bag.

Back in the classroom:

Prepare litter bottles by cutting in half and lining bottom half with pebbles.

Then fill with 4 inches potting soil.

Make indentation in the middle of the soil.

Gently place plant into hole, being careful that roots are pointed down.

Cover roots with soil. Water gently but generously.

Set top half of litter bottles back on, tape in place. Remove to water when soil gets dry (every few days).

Watch plants grow and develop over the next two weeks.

Observe the changes in your terrarium. Note the moisture build up on the inside of the plastic. What does this mean?

Learning About Plants - Make a Terrarium

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