From the Dark, Damp Places

Mosses and liverworts do not have any vascular tissue, unlike other plants. Young scientists learn more about these rootless plants through hands-on dissection and research on their life cycles as they get their hands dirty for a fun science lesson plan!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson by having pupils making wet mount slides of the samples
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is intended for a botany or phylogenic class, as the material is too high level for a biology class
  • Requires collecting moss or liverwort in nature, so the lesson works best in the early fall
  • Great for advanced learners
  • Incorporates multiple learning styles
  • Follows a 5E format
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