Horticulture Teacher Resources
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Students learn the parts of a flower. In this flower parts and pollination lesson, students discuss the background and vocabulary about flowers and play a game to learn what happens during pollination. Students use various materials to create a model flower with all of its parts.
Making Rose Petal Beads
Students make homemade beads from flower petals while exploring Native American history, culture, and art.
Students study the details to watering a garden. In this water resource lesson, students visit several websites and watch a PowerPoint about watering a garden.
The Peanut Wizard
Students outline a piece of writing about George Washington Carver. They read and discuss horticultural studies before taking part in peanut experiments.
Soybeans in Space
Students work together to design an experiment that compares and contrasts differnet plant cultivation systems. In groups, they evaluate the results of the experiment to discover if the cultivation system could be used in space. They complete a worksheet and develop a hypothesis to end the lesson.
2008 Master Gardener Training: Basic Entomology
The author of this presentation elaborates on the details of insect classification, information apparently required to become a master gardener in the horticulture program at Oregon State University. Though lengthy (110 slides), it is an outstanding collection of photos, graphs, and diagrams to educate the viewer in basic entomology. Not only could this be used as a resource for horticulture classes, it can even stand as an introduction to a college entomology course.
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.
Container Gardening Part 3: What to Plant
From this presentation, viewers learn not only what edible plants thrive in containers, they also examine ornamental varieties. It displays high-quality photographs and provides the lecturer's notes for each slide. Obviously, it can be used in a college level horticulture class, but another idea is to expose high schoolers to horticulture as part of a career exploration unit!
Landscaping with Ornamental Herbaceous Plants
Inspire and educate aspiring horticulturists with this presentation on ornamental herbaceous plants. Quality photographs of beautifully landscaped gardens or colorful perennials adorn each slide. Viewers learn to consider the purpose for the garden, types of plants to include, and how to create an overall effect. A number of slides are dedicated specifically to wet gardens and to dry gardens. This is an exemplary educational resource for your ornamental horticulture or landscape design course.
Container Gardening Part 2: Soil, Water, Nutrients, Light
Horticulture hopefuls examine the challenges and desired traits of container gardening. Soil blends are considered in addition to water, light, and fertilizer requirements. You will find teachers' notes provided to help you explain the content of each slide. Most of the slides display top-notch photographs or graphics to enhance understanding.
Container Gardening Part 5: Propagation
Surely you must appreciate when a PowerPoint comes complete with teachers' notes. This brief, but beautiful presentation provides narration for you to use with each slide. The topic is plant propagation from seed. Photos, diagrams, and instructions help you walk your horticulture learners through the process.
Urban Pesticide Reduction Program
Future landscape designers, ornamental horticulturists, or organic gardeners will appreciate this presentation on alternatives to pesticide use. Pass up several extraneous slides at the beginning and then find the harm caused by pesticides, different approaches to pest control, and acceptable organic pesticides. Viewers learn how choosing pest-resistant plants, handpicking, row covers, and predatory insects can control the unwelcome critters.
Where Should It Go? Recycle? Compost? Incinerate? Landfill?
Students discuss what happens to trash after it is collected. They sort "clean" trash into groups depending on whether it should be recycled, incinerated, placed in a landfill, composted or if it is something we could avoid using.
Saving Energy Through Ecological Landscape Design
Students are able to transcribe to scale the plant features of a common landscape. They determine true north and south and collect and record data on a table. Students calculate a rating for and describe a definition of insulation and insulation. They determine the 'ecological quality' of a landscape in a quantifiable manner.
Peruse perennials with this PowerPoint presentation. The author uses bullet-points to list quick facts and suggestions about using these colorful plants in ornamental horticulture. Topics include types of plants, planning and design, soil requirements, and even how to care for the perennials once they have been put in the ground. There are surprisingly few photos for this type of presentation, but you may find the information to be of educational value.
How Does Your Garden Grow? Discovering How Weather Patterns Affect Natural Cycles
Emergent scientists examine the unusually warm winter of 2011-2012 (called the “year without a winter”) and its effect on blossoming times and pollination. Groups engage in a weather information scavenger hunt, compare climate maps, and collect data from the US and Europe. They then theorize how the data they have collected explains the unusual weather of 2012. Discussion questions, activities, and extensions are included in the richly detailed plan.
Agricultural Career Investigation
Discuss the possibilities of a career in agriculture with your class. They will view a movie, two presentations, visit three websites, and investigate the types of careers available to those seeking employment in the agricultural field. Farming, business, and agriculture-science are all potential career opportunities.
Blue's the Clue: Souring Milk for Science
What better way to understand the science behind food and agriculture, than to complete an experiment? Kids sour milk, observe changes due to bacteria, and alter temperatures to cause reactions. They also explore the process of making cheese and milk by watching four different videos.
Where Does It Come From?
Do you or your learners know where apples or potato chips come from? If not, you will after this lesson. To explore careers in agriculture, learners first examine the importance of agriculture to our nation. They view several movies describing products that come from America's Heartland, play an online game, and visit a website to see a timeline of food production. All necessary links and the lesson are included.
A Simple Model for Natural Selection
Do you have what it takes to survive as a fit predator or will elusive prey lead to your extinction? Find out in a creative natural selection activity. Using different colors and shapes of grains to represent different species and generations of organisms, your little hunters will try to collect as many as possible using forceps as beaks. To add some diversity to your predator populations, you could adapt the activity by having kids use tweezers, chopsticks, spoons, or other tools in addition to the forceps.