Christmas Science Activity: Plants of the Holiday Activity


Learn about a bit of a dark side of holiday plants!
Grades 7-10

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Learn more about the biology of plants we traditionally see during December, and why they may be favorites of a GREEN HOLIDAY GROUCH***!  Suitable for public school!

In this activity, students will:

  • READ an engaging article about holiday plants (poinsettia, mistletoe, holly, and more), learning a little about each one, including its scientific name, where it is native to, and just a few fun details about it. The “hook” is that each of these plants has a bit of a darker side, some of them being toxic, an invasive species, or leading to habitat destruction – things a FAMOUS HOLIDAY GROUCH might like them for!
  • COMPLETE a graphic organizer with information about the plants.
  • ANSWER text-dependent reading comprehension questions.

TWO VERSIONS of the reading are provided. Each middle school-level article contains the same information, but the second version is condensed for some detail and image size. Both readings correspond to the analysis – so you choose the reading version that will work best for your students.

Teacher Notes:

  • GO PAPERLESS! Use the included digital Google Slides version of this activity!
  • Answer key included.
  • Please note: this resource is not editable
  • This document does NOT contain the word Christmas – suitable for use in a public school with diverse students.

*** Please note that this resource does not use the proper name or include the likeness of a trademarked character. A non-trademarked common noun from the dictionary is used in its place.

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