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Educational Resources -- Grade Level: Middle School -- Classic Middle Level Resources (developed before the year 2000)

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View Resource Population Explosion

A series of experiments explore the effects of increased population growth on a population of Fast Plants. Through these inquiries, students will better understand the many substantial and pertinent issues surrounding human population explosion on Earth. These experiments can be adjusted toward middle, high school or post-secondary levels.

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/populationexplosion...
View Resource Bioassays with Fast Plants

Instructional materials for experimenting to learn what will happen to your Fast Plant if you subject it to a 10% liquid detergent solution? Experiment to determine the effects of substances in the environment on living organisms.

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/bioassays.pdf
View Resource From Above and Below

Instructions for conducting an experiment using a growing system made from plastic soda bottles to find out what effect salt has on Fast Plants.

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/fromaboveandbelow.p...
View Resource Exploring Photosynthesis with Fast Plants

This activity for middle, high school or post-secondary students is an engaging laboratory investigation, which can be used to explore and gather evidence for the products of photosynthesis (and cellular respiration). Students experiment with rates of photosynthesis and/or cellular respiration by cutting disks from seed leaves (cotyledons) and using a procedure with a syringe to explore the...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/exploring_photosynt...
View Resource Investigating Mendelian Genetics

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/WFPgenetics-06web.p...
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 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 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...

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http://fastplants.org/pdf/scale/rotitright2006.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
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