Otter's Botany - Homeschool Botany Curriculum

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Otter's Botany

Week 1

Main topics: Botany introduction and chocolate grows on trees


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5



Botany for Dummies

Page 7:
Chapter 1: Exploring Botany

*Reference to 400 million years ago under the heading "Exploring the Wide World of Plants"


Botany notebooking page for chapter 1


Botany test for this chapter

Choose a book or books

Chocolate by Hershey: A Story About Milton S. Hershey

Chocolate by Hershey

Read this over the week.

Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest

Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants
p. 1 Aconite

p. 3 Arrow Poisons

The Biography of Chocolate

The Biography of Chocolate


Note: As you read about various plants and flowers this year, look them up on the Internet via Google images or another similar resource. It only takes a minute and will greatly add to your student's knowledge of and ability to identify plants!

100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

p. 3-4 Read about the African Violet


p. 5-6 Read about the Anemone


p. 7-8 Read about the Aster

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History




p. 184 Cacao
*Warning: there is some adult content in this section


p. 10 onion


Experiments, Labs, Activities & Kits




Chocolate chip cookies
or any other recipe with chocolate!


Make Your Own Chocolate Kit

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit
*Highly recommended!



Chocolate unit study
Most of this unit is way too easy for Otter. I'm going to use the following ideas from it though:
Design your own chocolate bar

Nutrition & chocolate (from the text section)

p. 3-4 Graphing with mean, median, mode and range (good math review)
*need M&M's











Biography - Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King 








Nature, Journaling and Art






Write a report about chocolate. Include information about how it's grown.


Write a report about Milton Hershey


Botany notebooking page

This blank sheet (a filled in example is shown to the left) is for recording the various plants and flowers you'll be learning about this year. You can choose from an editable page that can be filled out on your computer or one to print out and fill in by hand.

These pages will make a nice scrapbook of plants and flowers and help you learn to easily identify them out in the world! Don't feel you need to fill out a page for each and every plant you study, but your student should fill out at least one a week and store all of the completed pages together in a notebook.

Editable flower notebooking page for MS Word


  1. Paste a picture in directly from the Internet. Google an example of the plant in Google images, right click & copy your favorite image and then paste it into the box in MS Word. Resize it as necessary.
  2. Type in your plant or flower facts directly onto the page in the fact box.
  3. Type the name of your plant into the name box on the top right.
  4. Choose colors to represent the main colors of your flower or plant. For example: Asters come in a variety of colors. Some Aster flowers are purple, light pink, yellow, light blue or a deep fuchsia. I've colored the circles in the Nature's Paint box section to represent the main colors the Aster flower comes in.

    To color in the circles in MS Word, click on a circle, right click and choose "format auto shape". On the first tab marked colors and lines click the drop down menu marked color. Choose "More colors" and then choose from the honeycomb of colors or from the slider on the custom color tab.

    You may enjoy coloring the circles by hand with markers, crayons, paint or colored pencils instead. If that's the case, wait until you've printed the page out.

Flower notebooking page PDF


Print out and fill in. You can draw or paste in a picture of the flower or plant you are studying.



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