01_gross_plant_anatomy_teacher_2009 - Module 1 ~ Silent...

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Module 1 ~ Silent Invaders Gross Plant Anatomy – An Inquiry Lab (MS/HS) Note: Freshwater Artificial Plant Kits available for loan upon request. gross anatomy (of plants) ~ the study of the parts and/or structures of plants, that are visible to the naked eye. In our never-ending quest to encourage students to spend more time looking at plants, we’ve developed this inquiry- based lab activity. Ideally this would be done with live plants. However, because many teachers don’t have access to live plants or the aquatic environment (with their students), we’ve assembled a freshwater artificial plant kit for use in the classroom, available on loan. For more information, contact: caip-education@ufl.edu Note: If using live plants, be sure to follow the guidelines for obtaining or possessing live plants: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/education/module1/01_aq_plants_in_theclassroom_FINAL.pdf Key Questions: 1) What can we learn by looking at the structure or “gross anatomy” of a plant (i.e., an aquatic plant)? 2) Are there clues that can help us track down the identity of an aquatic plant? 3) Can a plant’s leaf arrangement, habit, or other characteristics tell us anything about the plant? Science Subject: Biology, botany, environmental science, life science Grade Level: 6 th -12 th Science Concepts: Refer to Sunshine State Standards listed on the last page of this document. Overall Time Estimate: 1-2 class periods Learning Styles: Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic Vocabulary: emersed, submersed, free-floating, floating-leaved, habit, leaf arrangement, leaf attachment, leaf base, leaf margin, leaf shape, leaf tip (See definitions on page 3.) Lesson Summary: Students will work together to discover ten plants commonly found in Florida’s freshwater environments. While doing so, they will also learn a basic classification system that is used to help categorize the plants and ultimately identify them. This will be done through observation and the creation of a drawing or collage depicting the anatomy or structure of their chosen plant specimen. Once complete, the class will work together to analyze their observations and try to classify or categorize the plants into the following categories (emersed, floating and/or floating-leaved, submersed or grasslike). Finally, students will take an even closer look and use plant characteristics (leaf arrangement, leaf shape, etc.) to try and determine common characteristics shared by plants in each category (emersed, submersed, etc.) Note: artificial plant kits do not contain an example of a “grass-like” plant. Student Learning Objectives: 1. Students will sharpen observation skills by creating a drawing OR coloring a botanical illustration OR creating a collage of their specific plant specimen. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course BSC 2010 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '07 term at University of Central Florida.

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