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View Resource Growth, Development and Reproduction -- Exploring and explaining germination, growth and development

A 32-page booklet, containing complete instructions for activities at each life cycle stage. The booklet also includes important background information about plant physiology and how to grow Fast Plants. A Growth, Development and Reproduction kit is available. You can also conduct all the investigations explained in the booklet using seeds from a packet of Standard Wisconsin Fast Plants seeds (or...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/WFP_growth-developm...
View Resource Who's the Father? Monohybrid

In this investigation, students will gather their own evidence to explain how inheritance works. As they observe three generations of Wisconsin Fast Plants, students will unravel a mystery of paternity: What is the fathers phenotype? Is it the same as the mothers phenotype or the offsprings phenotype? Or is it something entirely different? As the generations of plants grow, students will m...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/WTF_mono.pdf
View Resource Who's the Father? Dihybrid

Download the complete instructions for a high school level inheritance inquiry, using Wisconsin Fast Plants.In this investigation, students gather their own evidence to explain how inheritance works. As they observe three generations of Wisconsin Fast Plants, students unravel a paternity mystery: What wasthe fathers phenotype? Was it the same as the mothers phenotype or the offspr...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/WTF_di.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 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 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 your...

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