Themed Resources

Our Themed Resources provide your self-guided field trip with the perfect balance between structure and exploration, learning and fun! No matter the age of your students, we’ve got just the thing to get them excited by and engaged with plants during your field trip. Explore our resources and choose what’s best for you. Make sure to print and bring with you the resources you’d like to use during your visit!

seedling drawingIntroduction to Plants 
These are the perfect resources for teachers who are looking to introduce or review basic plant parts and their functions with their students of all ages! The Conservatory offers a wide range of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds for students to explore and touch. Unveil the magical world of botany with this introductory exploration of all things plant!  Students will uncover plant parts, functions, and diversity in this exciting set of resources.

hibiscus drawingPollination 
Looking for an easy way to explain plant reproduction? Look no further! At the Conservatory, we’ve got a dynamic set of pollinator stories that go beyond the humble bumble bee. Select resources from this theme if you’re looking to take your students to the next level of pollination.

cactus drawingAdaptations 
Take your students on a fascinating journey through time as you explore how plants have adapted to different environments throughout the years! Investigate convergent evolution in the desert house, discover why carnivorous plants eat insects, and discuss the dynamic differences between plants!

Not sure which resources are best for your students? Give us a call! We’re happy to walk you through our resources to help you find the ideal tool for your self-guided field trip.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant MA-10-17-0193.

Adaptations


Overview (all ages)
This is a quick and easy way to engage your students during the field trip, sound like an expert in our collection, and show your principal the standards you’re meeting, all in one document!
NGSS K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2 & 3, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Adaptations Digital Tour
Utilize technology in this easy to use digital tour featuring plants with awesome adaptations! Click the link above and choose the “Adaptations Experience” to get started. Navigate by room or by adaptation type in this dynamic approach to our plant collection.
NGSS K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2 & 3, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Themed Resource Guidebook (grades 3-5)
Want to know all about it? Interested in shaping a unit around your field trip to the Conservatory? Then this resource is right up your alley! Scope it out online ahead of time and then use our hard copies during your visit! We have enough for each chaperone to use!
NGSS 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2 & 3, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Adaptations Scavenger Hunt (PreK-K)
Engage your youngest students in a conversation on adaptations with this scaled down scavenger hunt featuring 6 of our favorite and most distinct plant adaptations!
NGSS K-LS1-1

Adaptations Lesson Plan (grades 6-12)
This NGSS-aligned lesson plan is a great way to bring the Conservatory to your classroom! Use this lesson plan before or after your field trip to connect the learning that happens in your classroom to the learning that happens on your field trip.
NGSS HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4

Pollination


Overview (all ages)
This is a quick and easy way to engage your students during the field trip, sound like an expert in our collection, and show your principal the standards you’re meeting, all in one document!
NGSS 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-2, 3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1

Intro to Plants


Overview (all ages)
This is a quick and easy way to engage your students during the field trip, sound like an expert in our collection, and show your principal the standards you’re meeting, all in one document!
NGSS K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1 & 2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Intro to Plants Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
This NGSS-aligned lesson plan is a great way to bring the Conservatory to your classroom! Use this lesson plan before or after your field trip to connect the learning that happens in your classroom to the learning that happens on your field trip.
NGSS 3-LS3-2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Intro to Plants Digital Tour
Utilize technology in this easy to use digital tour featuring plants that showcase plant parts and functions! Click the link above and choose the “Intro to Plants Experience” to get started. Navigate by room or by plant in this dynamic approach to our plant collection.
NGSS K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1 & 2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Themed Resource Guidebook (grades K-2)
Want to know all about it? Interested in shaping a unit around your field trip to the Conservatory? Then this resource is right up your alley! Scope it out online ahead of time and then use our hard copies during your visit! We have enough for each chaperone to use!
NGSS K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1 & 2

Intro to Plants Scavenger Hunt (PreK-K)
Engage your youngest students in a conversation on basic plant parts and plant part functions with this scaled down scavenger hunt featuring 6 plants in our collection!
NGSS K-LS1-1