Botany Study Guide: Form 3-4 (grades 7-9)

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In this Form 3-4 (grades 7-9) study guide, students will study the physiology of plants, including their structure, the way they function, classification, and sensitivity. The following items are included:

  • Reading assignments
  • Activities based on the readings
  • Recommended supplemental books, videos, and articles
  • Notebooking prompts
  • Discussion prompts
  • Suggested biographies for students who take a particular interest in this topic
  • Links to current events
  • Supply lists and printable resources
  • Exam questions

Spine Text:

This study guide accompanies the living book First Studies of Plant Life by George Francis Atkinson. (Yesterday’s Classics, 2017) It is available on Amazon or Archive, or for a more extensive used-copy search, try

  • 280 pages, 33 chapters
  • Reading Level: Grade 7 and up
  • Prerequisites: none

Important Supply Note:

Seed packets may be hard to find in the fall and winter, so be prepared by purchasing your seeds early.


This study guide includes 33 lessons, each requiring approximately 30-40 minutes. It is scheduled once a week for an entire year, allowing time for exams at the end of each term and including other science subjects on the other days of the week. Please note that there will be times when an experiment will require the student to make observations outside of the once a week lesson time. This study guide just didn’t want to play by the rules!

Special Studies

This study requires a student to observe the seedlings and plants on almost a daily basis. It is suggested, therefore, that one of his special studies be to focus on the plants he is growing in this course.

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