Plants and Light

Why do plants need light to grow? What is photosynthesis?

Project Summary

Most plants need lots of light to have the nutrients they need to survive. Some plants need more light than others, and some plants don’t need light at all!

Lesson details

Lesson by: Nica

Estimated lesson duration: 30 - 40 min

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What you’ll do

Have you ever tried to grow a plant? In this lesson, we’ll be growing vegetables in different environments to see how important light is to plants!

Questions you'll answer

  • Why do plants need light?

  • Why do some plants need more light than others?

  • Why is light important for all life on Earth?

What to prep

  • Journal

  • Pen or marker

  • 4-6 clear glass jars filled halfway up with water

  • 3 vegetables or herbs (2 of each kind): Some examples are carrot tops, spring onions (with roots on and an inch of white stem), leeks, shallots, celery, beets, turnips, or radishes. Leave these around the kitchen so your learner can choose which vegetables they want to grow!

  • Heat lamp (optional)

  • Ruler (optional)

Meet your teacher

Nica  Bannister

Nica - @mdbannister

Teaching for 11 years

Nica is a teacher, mom, and a lifelong learner. She enjoys getting to know people and cultures through food and the arts. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she took up Psychology in an effort to understand people and their behaviour further. A career path in education was a mere accident, as she took a break from the corporate world and fell in love with children’s innate curiosity. This led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Literacy and General Childhood Education at Bank Street College in New York City. After three years in NYC, she moved to Singapore and taught pre-K using inquiry-based learning. She is currently teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in Wellington, New Zealand, where she incorporates the best of her teaching experiences from all over the world while listening to the child’s needs and encouraging inquiry and independence.

Plants and Light

Why do plants need light to grow? What is photosynthesis?

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