Teacher resource kits


Supplement your classroom learning by borrowing a BotaniCool Kit. Most contain curricula, pictures, books, activities and materials to enhance your students' knowledge. Each Kit may be borrowed for a three week period and is renewable by request. Kits are created using the Ohio Academic Science Content Standards and are available at no charge for Teacher Members. A $25 refundable deposit is required for non-members.

Spiny Desert and Cloud Forest (All Grades)

Includes books about and pictures of plants and animals your students will see when they visit Cleveland Botanical Garden.


Seeds, Indeed! (Pre-K - Grade 1)

Sort and plant seeds and learn what makes a seed a seed.

Books included:
The Tiny Seed
Oh Say Can You Seed
The Carrot Seed


Plants Parts and Functions (Pre-K - Grade 1)

Roots, stems, and leaves are all parts of plants. Learn about them and their roles.

Books included:
Tops and Bottoms
Have You Seen Trees?
Growing Vegetable Soup
The Carrot Seed


Plants and Me (Pre-K - Grade 2)

People use plants every day, all day. We eat them, wear them, and use them for shelter and beauty. Students learn about all the ways we interact with plants.

Books included:
The Little Red Hen
Grandpa’s Garden Lunch
Flower Garden
Nobody’s Mother Is In Second Grade


Plants and Animal Interactions (Grades 2 - 4)

Explore the interdependence of life in a deciduous forest community.

Books included:
The Gift of the Tree
One Small Square: Woods


Life Cycles of Plants (Grades 2 - 4)

Explore the pattern of change that occurs during the life cycle from seed to seedling to mature plant.

Books included:
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree


Seedfolks (Grades 4 - 8)

Paul Fleischman’s wonderful book Seedfolks is set in Cleveland, and explores a community coming together through gardening.

Classroom set (25 copies) of Seedfolks
Lesson-ideas binder
Eyewitness: Plant video
Seeds to plant


Photosynthesis (Grades 6 - 8)

Investigate the process of photosynthesis and the unique ability of plants to produce their own food. Students perform experiments to determine the necessary components for photosynthesis.


Plant Cells and Parts (Grades 6 - 8)

Includes these 3D models (with keys to location of structures) for use with your students: Flower Model Plant Cell Model Leaf Structure Model Stem Model of Dicotyledon


Biodiversity (Grade 10)

Students explore the diversity of various biomes, comparing them to the one in which they live. Books included: Tree Finder and Fandex Field Tree Guides Includes plant press as well.



If you are ready to reserve a resource kit, or have any questions, email us at BotaniCoolRegistrar@cbgarden.org or call 216.707.2820.