Introduction to Botany

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Anastasia Risley

Ages:  7 - 12 years

CLASS DESCRIPTION: 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 eplantsnvironments. 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 observation “video field-trips,” and students will create a model representing various plant structures and processes. Class discussions will take place twice a week, allowing kids to make logical, scientific observations and connections about plants and their functions. This course is a precursor to Fundamentals of Plant Science, which goes into greater details of plant evolution, morphology, identification, and human-vegetation relationships. FoPS is offered in the Fall.

Prerequisites: None

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Week 1: Vital Plant Processes

    1.  Introductions, Photosynthesis and Respiration
      1. At home activity: Respiration!

Week 2: Plant Types, Vascular Tissue

    1. Internal plant structures 

Week 3: Types of propagation

    1. Differences in plant evolution 

Week 4: Spores and “cloning”

    1. Plant reproduction methods 

Week 5:  Pollination and seeds

    1. At home activity: Grow a bean plant! 

Week 6: How we know what we know

    1. Paleobotany and Microbiology
    2. Evidence examples 

Week 7: Half term review session

    1. Bring your questions! 

Week 8: Habitat

    1. Ranges of plants
    2. Adaptations within habitat ranges 

Week 9: Plant Adaptation Gameshow 

Week 10: Good plants to know

    1. Common edibles and ornamentals
      1. Explore Your Local Habitat assigned

 Week 11: Spring Break 

Week 12: Good plants to know continued

    1. Stay back! --poisonous and dangerous plants to know 

Week 13: Human-plant relationships

    1. History of agriculture 

Week 14: Human-plant relationships continued

    1. Many modern uses of plants 

Week 15: Habitat presentations: Optional but encouraged! 

Week 16: Last presentations

    1. Final review session



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