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Investigation Themes

PlantingScience Plant Investigation Themes and Associated Resources


The Wonder of Seeds

Germination and Seedling Growth Investigation: Students explore scientific inquiry through germination experiments designed by the students themselves.

Grades 6-12

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Agronomy Feeds the World

Where does food come from? This module is designed to encourage students to think about food production around the world.

Grades 6-12

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Celery Challenge

Osmosis, Diffusion, and Transpiration Investigation: Students are challenged to cause and then explain the most extreme bending in celery petioles (stalks).

Grades 6-12

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Corn Competition

Grow the Largest Corn Plants: This module helps students build skills in experimental design and empirically-based justification.

Grades 6-12

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Where Does Pollen Come From?

Pollen and Pollination Investigation: Explore pollen and pollination through one or more projects in this module.

Grades 6-12

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The Power of Sunlight

Photosynthesis and Respiration Investigation: Students learn critical concepts of photosynthesis through leaf disc assays.

Grades 9-12

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C-Fern in the Open

Sexual Reproduction, Alternation of Generations Investigation: This module is designed to expose students to the plant life cycle and the alternation of generations.

Grades 9-12

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Foundation of Genetics

Traits, Variation, and Environment in Rapid Cycling Brassica: Students explore studies in genetics by growing a selected strain of Brassica rapa from seed to seed and examining plant traits during the life cycle.

Grades 9-12

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Genetics in Inbred Arabidopsis

Investigation with a Model Species to Track Transmission of Traits: Students learn about genotypic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Grades 9-12

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