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High schoolers are introduce and discuss Ethnobotany and develop their own research writing. Pupils research plants that have already been identifyed as having medicinal or cultural/historical value around the world. They investigate different sources (i.e. books, journals, video, and internet) for constructing a presentable written and oral report.
Students describe a forest as a living community. They determine members interact, and in many cases, depend on each other for their basic survival needs. They investigate how dependent the Native Americans were on the forest community for survival and that even today we too are dependent on plants for survival.
Investigate herbal medicine in the science or health classroom with this lesson from the New York Times. After a discussion about class members beliefs about and experiences with herbal medicines, pupils read an article that might impact their opinions. The lesson would be a good addition to a language arts class, as it focuses on word choice in informational text. The approach could be used in a science or health class as well.
A multicultural science activity, young scholars read a brief biography of Ernest Just and create a talk show in which they will perform an experiment after Just's work. With this activity, students are taught to appreciate the contributions made by minorities and women in the field of science.