PlantingScience Investigation Themes 


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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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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Plants Get Sick, Too!

Plant-microbe interactions and disease triangle investigations: Students learn about host-pathogen-environment interactions and disease development in plants.

Grades 9-12

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Pollen Investigations

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

Note: Some activities are season-dependent

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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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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Tree-mendous Benefits of Trees

Trees are a critical component of our ecosystem: They can produce the food we eat, oxygen that we breathe, shade from the sun, and so much more.

Note: Some activities are season-dependent

Grades 6-12

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Add-on Investigations

The following investigations make good add-ons to some of our major themes above.

Corn Competition

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

Recommended for: The Wonder of Seeds, Agronomy Feeds the World

Grades 6-12

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