Grades 5-8 Classroom Activities

Below you will find some example classroom activities relevant to the 5-8 grade levels. Click on the View Standards icon to view standards associated with that activity. Do you have activities related to PBB that you have implemented in the classroom? Write to us at

Plant Parts/Physiology (5-8)

Cold Consequences

View Standards Plants encounter different extremes in the environment, including freezing temperatures.  This activity, students will learn about how plants have adapted to survive the cold.

Plant Part Adaptation Charades

View StandardsLights, camera, action! Use this charades game as a review after your students have learned about the parts of a plant and how plants adapt to their surroundings.

Why We Care About Plants (5-8)


Pea Patch Pollination Game

View StandardsStudents will learn how patterns of pollination cause changes in plant populations. This activity combines math and science skills!

Plant and Pollinator Adaptations

View StandardsStudents will learn about the parts of a flower, pollinators, and how pollen transfer happens. To evaluate what they have learned, students will create what they think is the ideal flower for success in pollination.

Ecosystems and Biomes (5-8)

Habitat World

View StandardsBy playing this game they will learn ways plant and animal species are adapted to the world's four basic habitats. Let the games begin!

Plant Observation (5-8)

Mystery Plant Identification

View StandardsIn this activity, students will get creative and create field guides for plants they are observing for the first time. After making their field guides, they will look at published field guides to learn all about the plant they have observed.

Botanical Scavenger Hunt

View StandardsSend students on a scavenger hunt to seek out various botanical features of plants. Students will document their findings with a digital camera and present what they found to the rest of the class. Happy hunting!

Plants and Climate (5-8)

The Climate Connection

View StandardsStudents will look at world habitat maps and identify precipitation patterns in the different habitats. Then they will draw conclusions on the climate in these different regions.



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