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Kansas Foundation for
Agriculture in the Classroom

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Growing Tomatoes

The life cycle of growing a tomato from a seed to the plate requires labor, energy and many materials. This process begins with sunlight, root stability and nutrients. Tomato plants develop in stages and produce fruit in adequate environmental conditions.

Suggested Grade Level: 3rd – 5th

Time: 50 minutes

Subjects: Science, Math


  1. Compare and contrast the differences between tomato varieties using descriptive vocabulary.

  2. Identify tomato growth stages and development characteristics.

  3. Identify the parts of a tomato plant.

  4. Observe the growth of tomato plants in a grow lab.

Supporting Educator’s Guide Chapters: Specialty Crops in KansasPlant Growth and Development