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Students explore the co-adaptation of hummingbirds and the flowering plants. They explain how a flowering plant has adapted to be pollinated by a hummingbird and how the hummingbird has adapted to feed on the flower's nectar. Student identify the types of flowers that can be planted in a graden that attract hummingbirds and why these flowers in particular might be visited by a hummingbird
Learners explore the lives and accomplishments of the many women who have made tremendous strides in the various fields of science.
Students identify the adaptive forces in the life cycle of plants, animals, and humans, isolate and identify the role that change and adaptation play in extreme environments and research and write a short term paper using MLA citations.
Students examine a painting by Frans Snyders and use Internet research to classify the animals portrayed in the painting according to genus and species.
Students explore the importance of seed diversity for cultural and ecological stability/health. They discover what an heirloom seed is and why they are important to conserve.
Fifth and sixth graders follow Lewis and Clark from St. Louis to the Pacific and back again. They read online journal entries made by Lewis and Clark to gather information. The official Lewis and Clark website is used by learners to answer questions, engage in activities, and to create their own journals.
Students research the exploration journeys of Lewis and Clark. They read excerpts from the Lewis and Clark journals to trace the route the explorer's followed and then identify some of dangers they faced and discoveries they made.
Students make and test predictions about pumpkin seeds. Using real pumpkins, they predict whether larger pumpkins have more seeds than smaller pumpkins, collect and count the seeds, and record the data on a worksheet.
The debate over genetically modified organisms is on! Young biologists imagine that they have been asked to choose which corn chips will be sold for a fundraiser, one made with GMOs or one without. This four-day lesson plan requires learners to conduct some research at home on the topic, and it culminates in an educated class vote. Impactful and timely, you will want to incorporate this lesson into your genetics lessons. It provides many valuable resource links including one to a NOVA video.
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of observation and imagination becomes the focus of the analysis as well as the inspiration for the learner's original poems.
Students influence the plant life cycle as they take care of plants.In this caring for plants instructional activity, students understand the parts of the plant and their functions in keeping it alive. Students participate in experiments with plants and observe and record the results. Students write a story as if they were plants.
Students understand the importance of saving seeds. In this saving seeds activity, students dry out seeds for later use planting. Students recognize that one plant may have many seeds.
Young scholars create model coral reefs showing surface area and including examples of communities.  For this coral reef lesson, students research and explore the functions or benefits from a coral reef.  Young scholars design a benthic habitat. Students calculate the surface area of various shapes.  Young scholars will create a habitat that shows 400cm squared.
Third graders conduct an experiment comparing plants.  In this plant lesson, 3rd graders plant seeds and grow two varieties of plant comparing the light needed for it to grow.  Students make predictions and record their observations. Students complete prediction, observation and conclusion worksheets.
If you teach basic botany or a landscape design course, this presentation is practically perfect. Begin with classification and nomenclature methods and move into the characteristics of leaves that make plant identification possible: leaf type, arrangement, venation, shape, and margin. In addition to being educational, this PowerPoint is a visual feast! Follow it up with some practice using a dichotomous key to identify plants around campus.
Students examine lichens in an outside field trip. Students explore the diversity of this organism and ask questions about them.
In this plant science worksheet, students answer short answer questions about plant science. Students complete 7 questions to get their merit badge.
Students perform a series of experiments which show that plants require nutrients in certain quantities. They also cooperatively read materials on the nutrient requirements of plants, fertilizers, composting, and soil management, and students identify plant nutrient deficiencies using a specialized key. Students apply their knowledge to vote on mock ballot propositions that relate to agricultural and urban water issues.
Fourth graders conduct an inquiry to explain how plant life cycles are different.  In this plant life cycles instructional activity, 4th graders study the bitterroot, its unusual adaptations, and what the Salish people learned about the plant. Students diagram and label the bitterroot plant parts. Students keep a journal of observations of the plant.

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