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Grade Level: Elementary (45)
Grade Level: Middle School (137)
Grade Level: Secondary (186)
Grade Level: Undergraduate (98)
How to build Fast Plant supplies (8)
How to grow Fast Plants (22)
Investigations with Fast Plants (26)

View Resource Understanding the Environment

This article provides rich background information about how the three environmental components: !. Physical, 2. Chemical, 3. Biological interact to influence all life processes and systems.

View Resource How Does a Seed Germinate?

Procedures for germinating seeds using simple materials to investigate the interactions between the environment and germination.

View Resource Getting Acquainted with a Seed

Description: In this activity students become acquainted with the anatomy and biology of seeds. They will use lenses and scales and make drawings to scale. Students will measure and calculate magnifications and they will begin to understand relationships among these. They will organize and summarize their data and, as they do so, they will be developing the understanding and skills needed to...

View Resource Fast Plants and Families I

Description: This is an investigation describing the procedure for looking at a seed pod from a mature Fast Plant with a dry pod by sandwiching the pod between layers of clear tape, then exploring the sibling seeds. Questions that might be considered: - In how many ways can you describe the pod (the mother)? Are the pods from one plant more like each other than they are like the pods from other...

View Resource Plants in Your Ants: Using Ant Mounds to Test Basic Ecological Principles

[PDF] Article from The American Biology Teacher, Vol. 72, No. 3, pages 173176. ISSN 0002-7685, electronic ISSN 19384211. 2010 by National Association of Biology Teachers. This is an article about providing urban students with a field site for ecological studies, using ants and their mounds. The authors describe how soil collected from ant mounds can be used to investigate how bio...
View Resource Science Inquiry Map

Download and print this colorful "Science Inquiry Map" Poster featuring the web of inquiry processes as described by the Five Essential Features of Inquiry from the National Science Education Standards. In addition, the model of inquiry described by the Five Essential Features aligns directly with the Science Practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards. Generally, this poster is...
View Resource Reading Green Student Science Notebook

This document is a complete science notebook that was designed by teachers working with elementary and middle level students who were learning with Fast Plants. The notebook includes color illustrations by our Fast Plant artist, Amy Kelley. It includes a graphic organizer to support predicting what the answer will be to a question being investigated, pages with prompts for recording observations...

View Resource Illustrated Fast Plants deli-container planting instructions

This document is the step-by-step instructions for planting Fast Plants in a deli-container growing system like is used in Reading Green. The instructions include measurements that are then integrated into mathematics problems that are on the flip side of the planting instructions. The instructions are illustrated by our Fast Plants artist, Amy, to help all learners understand the steps.

View Resource Rot it Right: The Cycling of Matter and Transfer of Energy

This Immersion Unit provides a coherent series of lessons designed to guide students in developing deep conceptual understanding that is aligned with the National standards, key science concepts, and essential features of classroom inquiry (as defined by the National Science Education Standards). The goal of this unit is to provide students with an opportunity to explore the interdependency of...

View Resource Monohybrid and Dihybrid Mendelian Genetics

This booklet describes how mono- and dihybrid Mendelian inheritance patterns can be investigated with Wisconsin Fast Plants and three heritable traits. Investigations can be done by either growing Fast Plants in soil or germinating seeds in Petri dishes to observe the traits.

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