Growing Flowers

Growing Flowers

by Christine Gorman, Judie Haynes

Welcome Spring with this lesson on growing flowers for your young English language learners. Teach students to record observations in a journal as they watch their plants grow from seedling to flower.

Lesson Topic

How to grow a plant

Grade/Proficiency Level

Grades K-2 advanced beginner to intermediate ESL; Grades 2-6 beginning ESL

Content Concepts/Skills

Changes in nature; how a plant grows; observing and keeping a science journal


Small flower pots, soil, seeds, fact book on growing plants, Tommy by Gwendolyn Brooks


Plant, flowering plant, seeds, soil, leaves, stem, roots, flowers, ground, sun, sepal, petals.

Instructional Sequence

Activity Downloads

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PDF fileParts of a Plant (27k .PDF)

PDF fileFlower Book (20k .PDF)

PDF filePlant-Seed Cycle (25k .PDF)

PDF fileLabel the plant (82k .PDF)

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About the Authors

Christine Gorman is an ESL and French teacher for the River Edge Public Schools. She is also Chairperson of the Bergen County Affliate of NJTESOL/NJBE.

Judie Haynes is a former ESL teacher, author and professional development provider.