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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 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 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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View Resource Investigating Plant Physiology with Wisconsin Fast Plants

The activities and background information in this booklet are designed to support investigations into three primary areas of plant physiology (how plants function): Nutrition, Tropism, and Hormone Response (using gibberellin).

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

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 Generalized Artificial Selection Fast Plants Schedule

This fill-in-the-blank timeline is a planning tool for teachers to use when figuring out when to begin the steps associated with conducting a two-generation artificial selection experiment using Fast Plants. Teachers preparing for any selection experiment will find this timeline helpful, including those planning for the AP Biology Lab 1 of Big Idea 1: Evolution, Artificial Selection.

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http://fastplants.org/pdf/AP/selection_timeline.pdf
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