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On This Day With Lewis and Clark
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.
Life Systems - Plant Growth
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.
It's Challenging Being Green!
Young scholars 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. Young scholars participate in experiments with plants and observe and record the results. Students write a story as if they were plants.
Finding, Gathering, Saving Seeds
Learners understand the importance of saving seeds. In this saving seeds lesson, students dry out seeds for later use planting. Learners recognize that one plant may have many seeds.
How do living and non-living structures affect coral reef habitats?
Students create model coral reefs showing surface area and including examples of communities. In this coral reef lesson, 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.
Plant Growth - Light and Shade
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.
Assess whether your class members can comprehend complex informational text with a series of drills based on selections from Emerson, Thoreau, and G.K. Chesterton. The exercises could also be used for group work or a full-class discussion.
In this word association worksheet, students match the word on the left with its pair on the right. Students complete 10 matches total.
Watching Crystals Grow
Amazing science can sometimes happen right before your eyes! The class gets cozy as they watch crystals grow. They use Epsom salts, rocks, and food coloring to create crystals. They'll observe the entire process, documenting every step of the way. The lesson includes some very good questions to spur on the inquiry process.
Art and Geology
Students examine a painting. They explore how Church enhanced his view, then they create their own drawing of Cotopaxi erupting that reflects the current information they have gathered about the site and volcanoes in general.
Starting a Garden in a Better Way
Pretest knowledge of seeds and fruits. Work through four on-paper activities about seed quality. Experiment using three different methods for germinating three different types of seeds and calculate percentage. Take a post-test to demonstrate what was learned. These assignments are laid out for your secondary agriculture or botany class. You may need to adjust formatting a little bit.
Shape, Form and Function in the Garden
Fifth graders explore biology by researching plant life on the Internet. In this gardening lesson plan, 5th graders identify the difference between many plant species and their origins while utilizing the Internet to research pond life. Students view a tutorial video which details how to plan a proper garden.
What Parts of a Plant Do We Eat?
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.
Kernels of Wisdom: Investigating Natural Variations in Corn
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 examine lichens in an outside field trip. Students explore the diversity of this organism and ask questions about them.
Plant Science: merit badge
In this plant science worksheet, students answer short answer questions about plant science. Students complete 7 questions to get their merit badge.
How Much Is Too Much? How Little Is Too Little?
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.