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View Resource The Big Idea: "Is More Food Better?"

This experiment takes advantage of the ease of growth and short life cycle (seed to seed in 35 days) in Fast Plants--an organism suitable for many kinds of home and classroom scientific investigations. Fast Plants are particularly interesting because, like humans, they exhibit considerable variation in many observable characteristics. Fast Plants are useful for experiments investigating th...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/fpnotes_2000.pdf
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 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...

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http://fastplants.org/pdf/activities/ReadingGreenScienceNote...
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.

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http://fastplants.org/pdf/activities/ReadingGreenScienceNote...
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 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 Investigating Plant Physiology with Wisconsin Fast Plants

Download this 17-page booklet with several investigations that can be geared towards middle or high school students. Includes background information to support investigations inthree primary areas of plant physiology (how plants function): Nutrition, Tropism, and Hormone Response (using Gibberellic Acid). The nutrition and tropism experiments are particularly relevant for both middle school an...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/WFPphysiology-06web...
View Resource Fast Plants Data Chart

This PDF chart provides an organizational guide for recording student data as observations, measures(estimates), counts and descriptions on the growth, development, and reproduction of up to 5 Fast Plants (Rapid Cycling Brassica Rapa or "RBR"), and statistical summaries of the data. Data from individual student charts can be aggregated into class or group data charts or a spreadsheet for further...

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http://www.fastplants.org/resources/pauls_sandbox_category_a...
View Resource Around the World with Brassicas

This PowerPoint slide show (slides with notes) is an updated version of the original show that Dr. Paul Williams (who bred the first Brassica rapa or Fast Plants) used to tell the story of Brassicas. Humankind's worldwide use of Brassicas--each having been bred to take on a wide variety of forms and each particularly suited to the people and their environment--demonstrates how tightly woven...

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http://resources.fastplants.org/slides/aroundthworld.pptx
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