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Plant Journal

Use Timeliner to allow students to make and record observations of plant growth.


  • Students will measure the daily growth of their plants.
  • Students will write observations.
  • Students will describe how organisms change as they grow and mature.
  • Students will use basic computer skills for writing.


  • Have each student plant a seed in a small cup or milk carton.
  • Start a digital journal by creating a weekly timeline in Timeliner.
  • Each day have students observe their plants and record their findings in their timeline.
  • Have them write descriptions of the plants as well as record their measurements.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.B.1.1.2
  • LA.B.2.1.3
  • MA.B.1.1.1
  • SC.F.1.1.3

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies.
  • Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.
  • Gather information and communicate with others using telecommunications, with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.


  • Plant started from a seedling
  • Timeliner
  • Ruler


  • Students can take pictures of their plants and insert them into their journal.
  • Students can scan leaves or stems of their plants and insert them into their journal.

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