Wildflower Center staff developed the Exploring the Native Plant World curriculum for grades Pre-K through Sixth, integrating sciences and the liberal arts. This curriculum builds on students' knowledge as they progress through the elementary grades. It addresses different learning styles, is grade specific, and can be used during any season. The intent of Exploring the Native Plant World is to provide teachers with the tools to teach basic botanical and ecological concepts, introduce students to the beauty and value of native flora, and give students the skills they need to become good stewards of the Earth. Exploring the Native Plant World was designed using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as a framework and is linked to the National Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
For information about our educator programs, please contact Laurel Treviño at 512.232.0128.
Our Curriculum at a glance:
PreK - K: Patterns and Shapes in the Native Plant World
Pass around a drawstring bag with a secret shape inside, go on a scavenger hunt to find shapes in the natural world, design flowers using geometric shapes, make a nature map, create a repeating timeline and compare fruit and seed patterns.
Grades 1- 2: Changes in the Native Plant World
Conduct a class full of flowers swaying to Vivaldi's Spring, peek between paper petals, watch a cavern form in minutes, play the Bluebonnet Game and discover the part luck plays in growing flowers.
Grades 3 - 4: Survival in the Native Plant World
Students "become" chloroplasts constructing food chains from available ingredients, research what's up between native plants and their good buddies, make connections between a novel read in class and native flowers, learn about different ways flowers are pollinated and discover the unique ways seeds are dispersed.
Grades 5 - 6: Adaptations in the Native Plant World
Create a complete water cycle inside the classroom, research plant community stages, learn botany by compass, map plant habitats along the Wildflower Center's nature trails and compare plant coping methods in harsh environments.