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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 plan.
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.
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.
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.
Young gardners read and listen to books about seeds, plants, and the growing process. They plant seeds in plastic cups to observe the process of root-growing and plant formation. The whole class walks through a field to collect seeds that stick to socks that they put over their shoes. Each child writes a story about one of the seeds they collected. A fascinating, engaging, and well-designed plan!
Photosynthesis is such an important process for young biologists to understand. By implementing this incredible, six-lesson packet with your learners, they should have a thorough understanding of this important process, as well as an enhanced appreciation for the complex structures of living things. The activities described in the plans are all supported by fabulous worksheets, lab sheets, graphic organizers, photos, and a quiz at the end. Highly recommended!
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
Here's a five-star lesson plan in which inquisitors conduct sophisticated experimentation with cellular respiration in plant seeds. Placing seeds in a closed system they measure the amount carbon dioxide produced and relate it to respiration rates, varying either the moisture, temperature, or amount of light. Thorough background information and teachers' notes are provided, but the mentioned lab sheet is not. If your biologists, ecologists, or botanists are able to perform this inquiry, then they can also write their own lab reports.
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.