By the time I teach the fungi to my biology classes, several months have passed since the beginning of the school year. At the start of the school year, much time was spent on graphing and data analysis skills. I use this simple and FREE activity to kill two birds with one stone. It allows me the opportunity to review the basic science skills of graphing and data analysis while at the same time reinforcing concepts on the fungi.
Mycorrhizae are fungal hyphae that live in mutualistic relationships with the roots of plants. Mycorrhizae are essential in the role of increasing absorptive surface area of plant roots. Mycorrhizae enable a plant root to absorb more water as well as phosphorus and other essential mineral ions.
In this activity, students are given information about plants that are grown with and without the assistance of mycorrhizae. Quantitative data is given. Students graph the data and answer 8 data analysis questions.
This is perfect for a short homework assignment or classwork. This can also be left in your sub folder to be used in your absence.
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January 3, 2013
This is exactly what I was looking for to reinforce a unit we have done on the scientific method. We have done lots of inquiry, but now I want to see if they can analyze someone else's work. This will be perfect!