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Botany and Art: Their Roles in Conservation
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Students are introduced to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, and specifically to their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. Students examine illustrations, photographs, and dried specimens of endangered plants and consider the conservation value of an illustration over a photographic image. In a second session, students try their own hands at botanical illustration and follow the methods of a Smithsonian staff illustrator. Pencils, markers, tracing paper, and access to a photocopier are required.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Author:
Smithsonian Institutions
Date Added:
01/22/2018
Common Core Curriculum: Kindergarten ELA: Listening and Learning Strand
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The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read_alouds. The 9 units (or domains) provide lessons (including images and texts), as well as instructional objectives, core vocabulary, and assessment materials. The domain topics include: Nursery Rhymes and Fables; Five Senses; Stories; Plants; Farms; Kings and Queens; Seasons and Weather; Colonial Towns; and Taking Care of the Earth.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Literature
Fine Arts
Ecology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
10/10/2017
The Crash Scene
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In this lesson, students find their location on a map using Latitude and Longitudinal coordinates. They determine where they should go to be rescued and how best to get there.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Adventure Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Ecology at Work
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Students learn how rooftop gardens help the environment and the lives of people, especially in urban areas. They gain an understanding of how plants reduce the urban heat island effect, improve air quality, provide agriculture space, reduce energy consumption and increase the aesthetic quality of cities. This draws upon the science of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation, materials, color) and ecology (plants, shade, carbon dioxide, photosynthesis), and the engineering requirements for rooftop gardens. In the associated activity, students apply their scientific knowledge to model and measure the effects of green roofs.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Art and Design
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Carleigh Samson, Stephanie Rivale, Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder,
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Finding Food in the Amazon
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In this activity, the students will investigate a variety of plants and animals common to the Amazon through research. They will determine the plant or animal characteristics that make them edible or useful for the trip and learn to categorize them by comparing similarities and/or differences.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Adventure Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Grade 2 Cultivating Genius/Science:  "How do seeds get planted in nature?"
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This lesson will ask students to think themselves as 'joy' dispersers, likening themselves to the different ways that seeds are dispersed. They will model both and reflect on how they 'spread' joy. One of the pursuits the people in these black literary societies worked towards was intellectualism. This means that they learn something but what they learned doesn't just sit there. It is used to change things, to see things differently or to get to know others and themselves. Another pursuit was joy. In this lesson, they will discuss how to spread joy from one person to the next so it will grow.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Character Education
Biology
Botany
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
The genius group from Madison Wisconsin
Date Added:
08/06/2022
The Growling Stomach
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In this lesson, the students will investigate what types of plants and insects they could eat to survive in the Amazon. They will research various plants and/or insects and identify characteristics that make them edible or useful for the trip. The students will create posters and present their findings to the class.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Adventure Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Home, Sweet Home!
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In this activity, the students will use wax paper shaped as leaves and kite string to build a shelter to protect them from the rain. The students will then test the shelters for durability and water resistance.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Adventure Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Invasion Meltdown: Will Climate Change Make Invasions Even Worse?
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This link has a teacher guide, 3 student graphing activity sheets, rubric and a complete description of the activities related to climate change and invasive species.

Subject:
Ecology
Environmental Science
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Assessment
Data Set
Learning Task
Lesson
Rubric/Scoring Guide
Date Added:
11/08/2018
Kinder Cultivating Genius framework science "What do plants need to survive?"
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This lesson is for kindergarteners as they study the needs for survival of plants and animals. The students gather information about an invasive species that changes the soil so that plants have a more difficult time getting nutrients. They learn what they can do to help in preventing the spread of these species.  Pursuits addressed: Identity: This lesson addressed the 'who you desire to be' part of Identity. The scientist that is spotllighted in this video is a non-traditional scientist who is African and studies worms. Students who are of African descent or African American and any student who may feel that the doors to science careers may be closed to them due to the color of their skin, may feel encouraged by this video to nurture the possibility of being a scientist. The fact that this scientist studies something that many students may be interested in may foster new ideas that scientists can be people who spend a lot of time outdoors looking at interesting things. Intelligence: This lesson gives students real-world knowledge and some tools to make a difference in their community with this knowledge. It has immediate implications in the students' lives. 

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Character Education
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
The genius group from Madison Wisconsin
Date Added:
08/05/2022
Light Plants and Dark Plants, Wet Plants and Dry Ones
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Students plant sunflower seeds in plastic cups, and once germinated, expose them to varying light or soil moisture conditions. They measure growth of the seedlings every few days using non-standard measurement (inch cubes). After a few weeks, they compare the growth of plants exposed to the different conditions and make bar comparative graphs, which they analyze to draw conclusions about the needs of plants.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Engineering K-PhD Program,
Mary R. Hebrank (project and lesson/activity consultant)
Date Added:
10/14/2015
The Need for Shelter
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In this lesson, the students will build a shelter in order to protect themselves from the rain. After the shelters are built, the class will perform durability and water proof testing on the shelters.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Adventure Engineering,
Date Added:
09/18/2014
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Observe, Wonder, Connect in Nature
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based lessons have been field-tested by the 4K students of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science, their teacher and educational assistant. These lessons encourage students to use natural areas around their school as they improve their science and engineering skills as part of a unit on observing changes. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school . These lessons were created to take place during late winter.

Subject:
Early Learning
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
06/01/2020
Opening the World through Journaling: Integrating Art, Science, and Language Arts
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"Opening the World through Journaling: Integrating Art, Science, and Language Arts" teaches children to become keen observers of the natural world by drawing and writing about the plants and animals in situ. In a set of nested exercises, students use games to gain confidence in drawing and writing as a way to gather information. Later, they employ these skills to put together a field guide, make treasure maps, and to write short stories and poems.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Native Plant Society
Author:
Emily Bruenig
John Muir Laws
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Introducteion
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This is a combination of a worksheet and interactive activity for students to either be introduced to photosynthesis and cellular respiration, or it can be a review activity.  Students take 9 pieces of paper (for which they write the different parts of the chemical equation of photosynthesis/cellular respiration) to construct the equations for both processes.  This is to help them see that the processes are the "opposite" of each other.  While following along on the worksheet, students manipulate the pieces of paper according to the instructions and then answer questions on the worksheet.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interim/Summative Assessment
Simulation
Author:
Brianna Chang
Date Added:
03/28/2018
Plant Vascular System Edible Models
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Plant stem anatomy can be a challenge to teach and learn.  To make it relevant and more interesting the students created edible models of the plants vascular system.  The students used ingredients and food items that helped them understand the structure and function of the vascular system.  Once they constructed their model they labeled the parts and explained the function of each part.  The Botany Coloring book is used to provide the detailed diagrams and in depth explanation of the vascular system first and then the students create their edible model.  

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Glenda Crook
Date Added:
01/09/2019
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Plant and Animal Interdependence
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities and one STEM challenge have been field-tested by secong grade students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science and engineering skils relating to plant and animals interdependence. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  These lessons were created to take place during the spring. However, some of the lessons could be conducted during the fall. Cut flowers from a florist may be used in place of ones found living outdoors.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer. The observation protocol "I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of, I Think Maybe" has been adapted from that of the BEETLES Project.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Jennifer Beno
Date Added:
05/28/2020
Plants and Animals, Partners in Pollination
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This site helps students see how plants and animals interact to accomplish pollination. Students (Grades 3-8) identify plant and animal parts involved in pollination, connections between pollination and food production, relationships between pollinators and the plants they pollinate, and ways flowers have adapted to encourage pollination.

Subject:
Education
Biology
Botany
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Date Added:
09/10/2004
Project Budburst
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Project Budburst is a national network of people monitoring plants as the seasons change. Data is collected in a consistent manner across the country so that scientists can learn more about the responsiveness of plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally. The website includes extensive educational resources for implementing the project within various classroom and informal settings.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
Chicago Botanic Garden Center for Teaching and Learning
Author:
Chicago Botanic Garden
NEON
Date Added:
10/16/2017