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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 The Seed Challenge - `How many seeds can you get from a single seed?

A 23-page PDF file (644 KB) with a complete set of activities for elementary students (can also work with middle level) to learn about the life cycle of flowering plants. Students predict how many seeds their Fast Plant will produce and engage in planting, growing, observing doing supporting learning activities to understand the life cycle. Carolina Biological sells a kit to accompany this...

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http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/seed_challenge.pdf
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 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 Producer Power

An article written for children, this reading explains the role of plants as producers. It is written at a grade 4-5 reading level, and it is a good supplement to the evidence that students can observe and record through experimentation with photosynthesis.

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