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- Kristina C., Special Education Teacher
- Covina, CA
Ethnobotany Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
A multicultural science lesson, students 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 lesson, students are taught to appreciate the contributions made by minorities and women in the field of science.
Pupils identify the methods Hawaii uses to allocate their goods and services. They define new vocabulary such as cost and benefit. Using a cost/benefit analysis, they evaluate the ancient method used by the Hawaiian people to allocate their goods. They discover the costs and benefits to other ways of distributing resources.
Eighth graders investigate the founding and history of Sluice Boxes State Park. They use both primary and secondary resources to collect data. The focus is upon the use of native plants to make medicines. They write reports about several of the major plants that were used.
Students explore a case study. They use problem solving skills to determine initial procedures or experiments necessary slow disease and develop a drug. Students examine FDA drug approval procedures. They consider environmental and ethical issues in making a decision to market the drug.
High schoolers examine the archeology of the Mississippi River Valley. Using the internet, they expand their research to include how the Native Americans in California used plants to meet their needs. They also research a Native American tribe and cross-reference them to the plant in question.