Spring classes start the week of January 28 and end the week of May 13.
Introduction to Botany is a course for students who are newly interested in the world of plants. The aim of the class is to equip students with a basic knowledge of plant processes, relationships, and biology. We will take a hands-on approach to discovering what plants are all about through interaction with plants in our local environments. Additionally, we will be doing online research together regularly in order to build plant investigation skills. Outside of class time, projects will go both ways-- I will send students plant observations, and students will apply knowledge from class to hands-on projects, such as watching plants breathe or take root. Class discussions will take place twice a week, allowing kids to make logical, scientific observations and connections about plants and their functions. This course can act as a precursor to Fundamentals of Plant Science, which goes into greater details of plant evolution, morphology, identification, and human-vegetation relationships.
Class 1: Introductions
Class 2: Vital plant processes
Class 3: Reproduction - spores and cloning
Class 4: Reproduction - pollination and seeds
Class 5: Evidence - paleobotany
Class 6: Evidence - microbiology
Class 7: Plant habitats - ranges and adaptations
Class 8: Plant habitats - adaptations game show
Class 9: Plants to know - common edibles, ornamentals, and invasives
Class 10: Plants to know - poisonous and dangerous plants
Class 11: Human-plant relationships
Class 12: Knowledge share