This Google Classroom resource is a perfect way to incorporate technology and peer interaction as students learn about the birds and the bees....of plants. These interactive slides include videos, a matching activity of vegetative propagation, writing responses, interactive questions for group/peer discussions, an interactive online poll, plant labeling activity, make your own plant activity, a group/peer research project (scoring rubric included), a customizable quiz that can be graded automatically (includes answer key) and lesson plan/outlines for the slides.
In these slides, students will:
-Consider how environmental factors affect reproductive strategies in plants
-Compare advantages/disadvantages of asexual and sexual reproduction
-Learn that vegetative reproduction produces identical copies of the parent plant
-Learn that sexual reproduction in plants involves male and female gametes
-Review the steps of pollination, fertilization and fruit production in angiosperms
-Label the reproductive parts of a flower
-Work with a partner to research the reproductive strategies of a plant of their choice
NGSS Standards Met:
LS3.B: Variation of Traits
In sexual reproduction, chromosomes can sometimes swap sections during the process of meiosis (cell division), thereby creating new genetic combinations and thus more genetic variation. Although DNA replication is tightly regulated and remarkably accurate, errors do occur and result in mutations, which are also a source of genetic variation. Environmental factors can also cause mutations in genes, and viable mutations are inherited. (HS-LS3-2)
Environmental factors also affect expression of traits, and hence affect the probability of occurrences of traits in a population. Thus the variation and distribution of traits observed depends on both genetic and environmental factors. (HS-LS3-2),(HS-LS3-3)
Your students will need an internet connection and a Google Drive account in order to access this resource.
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