Hands-On Botany

Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
Hands-On Botany
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(43 MB|55 pages)
Standards
NGSSMS-LS1-4
NGSSMS-ETS1-2
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Through a series of lectures, labs, and creative activities, Hands-On Botany introduces students to key ideas from botany and ecology while also fostering an appreciation of both nature and of learning. The central theme is the connection between form and function. The first lesson gives students an overview of the huge variety of shapes and forms in the plant kingdom, and points out that this huge diversity of form is what enables to live an equally huge diversity of environments. The next three lessons each focus on one particular plant part (leaves, flowers, and fruits), and the way that the design of these parts affects their ability to function in different environments. In the final lesson, students generate a random environment (D&D style), and then use their understanding of form and function to design a plant that would thrive in that environment. In every activity, science and art go hand in hand.

Note that, to support equitable access to learning materials, this same package is also available for free on our website: http://mindfulmammoth.com/lessons/

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NGSSMS-LS1-4
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively. Examples of behaviors that affect the probability of animal reproduction could include nest building to protect young from cold, herding of animals to protect young from predators, and vocalization of animals and colorful plumage to attract mates for breeding. Examples of animal behaviors that affect the probability of plant reproduction could include transferring pollen or seeds, and creating conditions for seed germination and growth. Examples of plant structures could include bright flowers attracting butterflies that transfer pollen, flower nectar and odors that attract insects that transfer pollen, and hard shells on nuts that squirrels bury.
NGSSMS-ETS1-2
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Total Pages
55 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 days
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