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  1. PlantingScience Plant Investigations Toolkit

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

        Download these supplemental materials to assist students in developing and assessing their research projects.Topics covered include:Using MathPlant CareInvestigating SafelyLab ResearchField ResearchImaging Technology

  2. Using Math in Plant Science Studies

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Using MathThis file provides the essential background necessary when starting a project in the plant sciences. Basic information includes data collection - what will be measured? How often will it be measured? This file contains information on simple data analysis, basic statistics, table...

  3. Activity Set B: Exploring Pollen in the Atmosphere

    24 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Summary: Students explore wind-pollination through investigating pollen in the atmosphere. They construct simple pollen traps and set them outdoors. Using a staining technique to distinguish pollen from other material on microscope slides, students conduct pollen counts from the collected...

  4. Plant Care

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Plant Care You cannot conduct experiments with plants if you cannot first keep plants alive. Review this article to learn essential tips on how to grow plants under "normal" conditions. Once basic plant growth principles are understood, then treatments can be applied. Thinking Like a...

  5. Investigating Safely

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Investigating SafelyLab Safety is Everyone’s Job!Before you begin any experiment, you and your team should consider safety issues. Always identify the specific materials, chemicals, equipment, and plants you will be using before you start. It is your responsibility to then use these...

  6. Lab Research

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Lab ResearchStep out of the science hallway into a room with beakers on the benches, machines that go whiz-bang, and safety shower in the corner. You will immediately recognize that you are in a lab! A science lab is more than a place with ritualized protocols and specialized – often...

  7. Field Research

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Field ResearchSome science is best carried out in nature. Studies where you need to identify all the different plant species in a habitat, count the number of pollinators that come and go from a certain kind of plant, or track changes in the color of autumn leaves might require outdoor trips to...

  8. Imaging Technology

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Imaging TechnologyIt is easy to know what to write in your lab notebook when making quantitative measurements. For instance, you simply record the reading from a balance when measuring plant mass. Still, science also involves collecting qualitative data. What is the best way to describe data...

  9. Using Microscopes

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Using MicroscopesOne of the ways that technology has boosted science is by helping researchers observe objects that are normally too small or too far away to see. You won’t be using telescopes or binoculars to study plants, but microscopes can help you explore the cellular world. You can...

  10. Storyboard

    09 May 2016 | Teacher Resources | Contributor(s): plantingscience

    Storyboarding consolidates evidence so students can consider how their data fits into their models. By sharing their stories and allowing others to question their conclusions, students learn to reconcile evidence as scientists do. This is sometimes referred to as scientific thinking.