AFNR Plant Systems

How do we develop and manage plant systems?
This unit helps meet the requirements of the plant systems curriculum standards of AFNR.


  • Plants in Our Lives

    This lesson helps students to engage in learning about plants, and to realize how much they know (or don’t know) about plants and their role in our lives.

  • Plant Systems Career Pathways

    Career pathways help students see the education requirements for a career involving plants and horticulture. This lesson requires students to investigate the nine career areas.

  • Taxonomy and Phylogeny

    Each plant is classified according to broad categories based on characteristics they share. New DNA technology has allowed us to be more specific in determining the “relatives” of plants. This activity helps students understand the various ways of classifying to show these different relationships.

  • Photosynthesis Requirements

    Photosynthesis is a complex process, which takes place in plants and is often taken for granted. This lesson shows what happens when the process is interrupted or altered.

  • Plant Nutrients

    Nutrients are required for plants to grow. In this activity, students will learn about nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, how these nutrients affect plants, and their toxicity and deficiency symptoms. (See Growing More Food for related activities)


Teacher background

This unit introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities in plant systems. Thinking about agriculture often seems limited to growing crops for food or raising livestock, but plants play a much larger role in everyday life than that! Many things we rely on are related to plants and how we have improved them to be more functional, from the clothes we wear to the houses we build and the food we eat.

Curriculum authors

Courtney Bockbrader

Agriculture Education Instructor at Anthony Wayne High School and Penta Career Center at Anthony Wayne High School and Penta Career Center.

Whitney Short

Agriscience and Biotechnology Instructor at Anthony Wayne High School at Anthony Wayne High School.




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