Investigation Themes

PlantingScience Plant Investigation Themes and Associated Resources


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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