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Educational Resources -- Grade Level: Middle School

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Classic Middle Level Resources (developed before the year 2000) (41)
Current Middle Level Resources (30)

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View Resource Life in Balance: Exploring the Tandem Life Cycles of Brassica Butterflies and Wisconsin Fast Plants

Download this complete unit of instructions to conduct an ecosystem inquiry. In this investigation, students have the opportunity to witness first-hand the dynamic relationship between Brassica butterflies and Wisconsin Fast Plants. Students are responsible for tending the butterflies and plants throughout the entire life cycles, while they explore and explain the changes that each organism goes...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/Life_in_Balance.pdf
View Resource Wisconsin Fast Plants Kits from Carolina Biological Supply

This is a link to the Carolina Biological website's list of complete kits for teaching many concepts, including growth and development, genetics, physiology with Wisconsin Fast Plants. These kits typically contain everything except the light source that is needed for a class to grow and conduct an experiment.

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http://www.carolina.com/category/living+organisms/wisconsin+...
View Resource Getting a Handle on Variation

This is an article explaining about variation in a population in general, using height as a specific example. The article is designed to help students and teachers think about the nature of various determinants underlying biological variation. Variation in height is easily observed and measured by learners, and quantifying height observations over time is a rich context for all ages to make key...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/getting_handle.pdf
View Resource Exploring Variation and Natural Selection with Fast Plants

Download this complete and coherently designed, middle school level unit to teach fundamental concepts that underpin the theory of evolution. The unit was collaboratively designed by teachers, college faculty & staff, and the Fast Plants Program at UW-Madison to support student-centered inquiry-based learning. The unit's storyline is underpinned by the 5E model. Like three dimensional...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/variation_SCALE.pdf
View Resource Exploring Populations

This Immersion Unit provides a coherent series of lessons designed to guide students in developing deep conceptual understanding that is aligned with the standards, key science concepts, and essential features of classroom inquiry (as defined by the National Science Education Standards). Unit Overarching Concepts -Populations of living organisms change or stay the same over time as a...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/scale/exploringpopulations2007...
View Resource Observing and quantifying differences in plant height over time

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 Is There a Pollution Solution?

Page 14 of this newsletter begins the activity called, Is There a Pollution Solution? This is an experimental investigation into the affects of salts on plant growth and development, and it is related to the real affects of irrigation on farm fields.

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/fpnotes_1996.pdf
View Resource How Does a Seed Germinate?

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

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/howdoesaseedgerm.pd...
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...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/gettingacquaintedse...
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...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/families.pdf
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