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Introduction to a plant's world

Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels


Plants are living things that need air, water, soil, and sunlight to live. When they grow their leaves capture light to make energy and their roots find water. 

Key Learning Question

How do plants grow and survive?


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Learn parts of a plant and what they need to survive
  • Understand the difference between a fruit and vegetable
  • Understand that fruit and vegetables grow seasonally
  • Learn propagation techniques.


Students will:

  • Explore plant parts and functions, including a plant’s life cycle
  • Identify a range of fruits and vegetables in the Ecolinc Habitat Garden
  • Define the terms fruit and vegetable, and understand they are seasonal
  • Undertake various methods of plant propagation such as seeds and cuttings, and transplant vegetables in the Ecolinc Glasshouse.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course before coming to Ecolinc for an onsite program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh)