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Two pages of questions provide a brief overview of plant nutrition. Biology or botany brainiacs describe how plants absorb and transport nutrients, they explain the role of different bacteria, and they describe a variety of unusual nutrient gathering practices. Use this as a lecture guide for yourself, or hand it out to your class to take notes on as you coach them through these concepts.
Did you know that tomtoes and cucumbers are actually fruits? Biology or botany beginners read about the function of flowers and fruit and find that some food items commonly called vegetables are, by definition, also fruits! Give learners five different edible plant parts and have them determine what plant part each is from. Even though the activity is very simple, the information presented in the text of the handout is directed at high schoolers.
Here is a brain-popper! Corn, or more appropriately, maize, was intentionally domesticated by humans around 9,000 years ago and over a period of hundreds to thousands of years! Genetics and botany researchers have collaborated to find that the most closely related plant to our edible corn is a grass that is very unlike corn at first glance, but on a chromosomal level, is only a handful of genes different. As an enhancement to a genetics unit, a social studies unit on Native Americans, or even in an agriculture class, this reading comprehension and video viewing lesson is a nice addition.
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
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.
Students influence the plant life cycle as they take care of plants.In this caring for plants lesson, 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 explore plant life cycles. In this plant lesson, students identify plant parts and describe their function. Students compare parts of similar plants and complete a compare and contrast worksheet. Students observe and identify weeds in an outdoor school garden, and remove them properly. Age-appropriate vocabulary and background information is provided.
Students create model coral reefs showing surface area and including examples of communities. In this coral reef instructional activity, students research and explore the functions or benefits from a coral reef. Students design a benthic habitat. Students calculate the surface area of various shapes. Students 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.
Scientists listen to the story of Wadja Egnankou who works to save African mangrove forests. They experiment with refraction and the introduction of particulate matter to water. They conclude with creative writing about the need for a wetland plant or animal to have clean water. Overall, this is a creative ecology lesson, but the refraction activity is unrelated. Consider skipping that activity if you want to include this when exploring human impact on the environment with your emerging ecologists.