Sprouting Seeds:

A Web Quest on Plants




This web quest is designed for 3rd grade students in Ascension Parish.

Created by: Sharon Stephen



Hello Lil' Sprouts!

You are about to embark on an adventure that will take you through the parts of a plant and its functions. Plants are all around us, so lets find out why they are one of nature's most awesome acts!














Plants grow almost everywhere on Earth. Plants come in various shapes and sizes. Some are tall like pecan trees. Others are small like evergreen shrubs.  Nevertheless, most plants have the same basic needs. These needs must be met in order for the plants to live and grow.

Through this web quest....






The following are a list of activities that you will complete to help you learn more about plant parts and their functions:

Activity 1

Complete a Pre Test
Activity 2 Sprouting Seeds
Activity 3 A Walking Fieldtrip
Activity 4 Plant Shoots and Roots
Activity 5 Let's Soak Up the Sun
Activity 6 Roots and Leaves
Activity 7 Construct a Plant
Activity 8 Complete a Post Test




Here are the directions to complete the following tasks:

Assessing Prior Knowledge

Click here to take a Pre Test on Plants

Introduction to Plants

  1. Read pgs. A6-A11
  2. Answer Review questions #1-5 on page All
  3. Complete WB6-" What is a Plant?" worksheet

Sprouting Seeds Experiment

(Find out what seeds need to sprout)

  1. Read pgs. A18-A25
  2. Complete WB 15-16 worksheets
  3. Use pg. A16-A17 for guidance
  4. TTW provide you with the following materials: 3 different kinds of seeds, paper towels, 3 small ziploc bags, scissors, water, tape, hand lens
  5. Record results of investigation using WB 12-13.
  6. Continue to record seeds and record info in journal

A Walking Field Trip

  1. You will need your plant journal, pencil, and  magnifying glass
  2. TTW lead on a "fieldtrip" around the school
  3. You will find 5 plants
  4. You will observe the plants using the magnifying glass
  5. You will write a brief description about the plant, draw a sketch of the plant, and a leaf rubbing
  6. Upon returning to the classroom, you will compare the various plants and write a summary

Plant Shoots and Roots

  1. Click here to learn more about roots and their functions
  2. TTW fill an empty clear plastic jar with cotton and place various seeds such as pumpkin, pea, and lima beans between the cotton and the side of the jar
  3. TTW wet the cotton and keep it damp for several days; the container will be in a well-lit area
  4. You will observe the container and record your findings and sketches in your plant journal
  5. You will record the direction the shoots and roots are growing
  6. After several days, TTW invert the jar
  7. You will continue to observe and record your findings and sketches
  8. You will answer the following questions in your plant journal: (a) What are the root functions?, (b) What is the importance of roots growing downward?, (c) What are the functions of the stems and leaves?, and (d) Why do stems grow upward?

Let's Soak Up the Sun

  1. You will read pgs. A28-A31
  2. You will complete WB 21-22
  3. TTW select a leafy green plant and secure a box about the same height of the plant
  4. TTW make a small opening in the side of the box at the height of the top of the leaves of the plant
  5. You will draw a sketch of the plant before it is placed in the box
  6. TTW place the plant in the box with the opening towards the sunlight
  7. After several hours, you will check the plant and record your findings and sketch
  8. TTW turn the plant again so that the leaves point away from the opening
  9. After several hours, you will check the plant and record your findings and sketch
  10. You will answer the following questions in your journal: (a) What plant structure helps the plant gain the light it needs for growth?, and (b) What role do the plant cells take when the plant bends toward the light?

Roots & Leaves- Are They Useful or Not

  1. Click here to learn more about leaves and their functions.
  2. TTW display 3 identical plants
  3. You will observe and sketch the plants in your journal
  4. TTW remove all the roots from one plant and all the leaves from another plant
  5. The plants will be kept in well-lit areas and watered
  6. Over the next several days, you will observe the plants and record your findings and sketches in your plant journal
  7. You will discuss the role of roots and leaves in a plant in your journal

Constructing a Plant

  1. Your teacher will supply you with the necessary materials (black, yellow, and green construction paper, scissors, glue, 2 pastel-colored baking cups, and markers)
  2. Click here to view the video lesson that will guide you to create your very own plant

Simple Plants

  1. Click here to view this power point about simple plants
  2. Complete WB 10-11
  3. Print out this Venn Diagram to compare simple plants to regular plants

Assessment of Knowledge

Click here to print out your post test on plants





WOW! Lil' Sprouts!

What an adventure that was! I sure hope that you enjoyed the lessons. You should be able to identify the parts of a plant, list their basic needs, and  understand how their structures enable them to meet their basic needs. Don't forget to check out those other great plant websites under the FUN PAGES! You can email me to share your thoughts or suggestions.