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Agriculture and Fishery Arts: Plant Production, First Year
3rd - 8th
Learners explore plant life and botany by growing their own crops. In this agriculture lesson, students identify the importance of soil and which plants grow best during specific seasons. Learners utilize the appropriate tools and grow...
Pair the Plants: An Introduction to Scientific Names
3rd - 12th
Students examine why plants have both common and scientific names, then complete the activity by matching each common plant name with its scientific name. They finish by working in cooperative groups to create an ABC of Plants class book.
Why Tomatoes are Fruits, and Strawberries aren't Berries
4 mins 9th - 12th
Berries are fruits that come from a single ovary with multiple seeds. Video explains how produce is classified based on what part of the plant it comes from. It covers vegetables, fruit, nuts, and subsets of each. It also stresses that...
What is the Function of Each Seed Part in the Growth of a Plant
Sixth graders investigate the parts of a seed by using a digital camera. In this botany lesson, 6th graders plant their own seeds in class and demonstrate the necessary attributes for growing a plant. Students utilize a camera to...
From Salmonberry to Sagebrush - Exploring Oregon’s Native Plants
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Take a deep dive into Oregon's ecosystems, plants, and changes from the past to the future. Many hands-on activities in an environmental science unit delight scholars, including creating a field guide for a local park. The in-depth study...
Plant Life: How Does Your Garden Grow
3rd - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Get your botanists growing with this STEM lesson plan. Your super scientists measure soil, plant, observe, record, then graph and present their findings to answer the driving question, How do different fertilizers affect the growth of...
The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods
6 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Many of the foods pilgrims ate include foods people still eat at American Thanksgiving celebrations today. The turkey, a domesticated animal native to the Americas, often finds itself the center of attention on this holiday. Today's corn...
When Did the First Flower Bloom?
5 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Were the first flowers made in China? The first evidence of a flower, discovered in current-day China, changes the story of life on Earth. A short video details the evolution of flowers. It highlights the co-evolution of animals and...
Have Your Students Grow the Plant That Moves When They Tickle It!
2nd - 8th
Students plant seeds, soaking them in warm water overnight. They fill a flowerpot with soil, plant the seeds, water the seeds, and place their planted seeds in a room with sunlight. Finally, they monitor their plant seeds progress and...
Which Main has the Most Trees? What are the type of trees and their sizes? Why are some home town trees larger than others?
Sixth graders review the terms deciduous and coniferous. They work in groups to estimate, classify and identify the number of trees from their local town. Students measure the circumference of a tree. they draw a tree and use their palm...
Kernels of Wisdom: Investigating Natural Variations in Corn
7th - 12th
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...
Looking Closely at a Tree: Introduction to Phenotype
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Upon dissecting a young tree branch and inspecting the cambium layer, apical buds, and other physical features, green thumbs also grasp the meanings of the genetic terms genotype and phenotype. Not only are genetics and plant physiology...