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Educational Resources -- Grade Level: Elementary

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Classic Elementary Resources (developed before the year 2000) (7)
Current Elementary Resources (17)

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View Resource Quad Growing System Planting Protocol

This document is the step-by-step instructions for planting Fast Plants in a quad growing system like is sold by Carolina Biological Supply Company. The instructions are illustrated by our Fast Plants artist, Amy, to help all learners understand the steps.

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http://fastplants.org/pdf/grow/quad_protocol.pdf
View Resource Pollinating Fast Plants

This webpage explains the steps for pollinating Fast Plants.

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http://www.fastplants.org/grow.pollinating.php
View Resource Flowering and Pollination

This pdf includes background information and an activity for engaging students in the processes that occur during pollination, fertilization and seed development in Fast Plants. Pollination is explained and illustrated and an activity for students to pollinate Fast Plants and observe reproductive development is described. In participating in this activity students will: understan...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/flowering_pollinati...
View Resource Illustrated Fast Plants Bottle Growing System Instructions

Instructions for constructing and planting Fast Plants in the recycled "Bottle Growing System" that was designed by the Wisconsin Fast Plant Program. This is a low-cost growing system ideal for growing plants in the classroom, made from recycled soda or water bottles. These growing system are easy to build, use, and can be cleaned and reused for multiple years.

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http://fastplants.org/pdf/activities/Bottle_Growing_System_h...
View Resource Petri Dish Growing System Planting Protocol

This document is the step-by-step instructions for germinating seeds and growing young Fast Plant seedlings on paper toweling in a Petri dish. The Petri dish technique is terrific for making it easy to observe what happens during germination. This growing system can also be used as a 72-hour method for identifying phenotypes to demonstrate Mendelian inheritance patterns in some Fast Plant...

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http://resources.fastplants.org/resources/petridishprotocol....
View Resource Farming Fast Plants

This Farming Fast Plants activity introduces a classroom investigation that is easily adaptable for all grade levels and designed to engage teachers and students as investigators. The activity has the practical outcome of producing an abundant supply of Fast Plants seed for future classroom use and for sharing with other teachers. The central question of the activity is How many seeds can you...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/farming_fp.pdf
View Resource Bees and Brassicas: Partnership for Survival

Background information for teachers and an activity description for engaging students in the processes that occur during pollination, fertilization and seed development in Fast Plants. Symbiosis between bees and brassicas is explained and illustrated. Includes an activity for students to pollinate Fast Plants.

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/bees_brassicas.pdf
View Resource Fast Plants Glossary

This webpage from the Fast Plants website is a glossary for frequently used botanical/biological terms.

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http://www.fastplants.org/resources/glossary.php
View Resource The Story of Fast Plants

This is "The Story of Fast Plants" - a short story of the origins of Brassicas and the work of Dr. Paul Williams, developing Brassica rapa. Reading level ~7th grade.

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http://resources.fastplants.org/resources/fastplants_story_g...
View Resource Bee-ing an Engineer

Download this complete set of lessons for an elementary, NGSS-aligned inquiry that foregrounds engineering practices. During the days that are supported by this investigation, students observe flowers on their 14 to 16 day old Fast Plants along with bee structures, learning to connect how the shape of a structure is related to its function. Then, students make and/or use bee sticks to conduct...

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http://resources.fastplants.org/ngss/bee-inganengineer.pdf
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