Lesson Plan: Plant Behavior
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to investigate how plants change their behavior in response to their environment.
Students will be able to
- define the terms stimulus, response, and tropism,
- identify examples of stimuli in a plant’s environment,
- identify and describe types of tropism in plants including phototropism, gravitropism, hydrotropism, and thigmotropism.
Students should already be familiar with
- the fact that plants are living things that can grow,
- the basic external structures of plants such as roots, stem, and leaves.
Students will not cover
- the terms positive and negative tropisms,
- types of tropism other than phototropism, gravitropism, hydrotropism, and thigmotropism,
- details about why plants show various tropisms.