Botany – Plant Science
Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology
This educational site contains a variety of learning resources and student activities designed to assist in the study of Botany. Use site along with the book Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology, Third Edition.
Great Plant Escape
An elementary plant science program for 4th and 5th grade students. Each of the lessons in this program is interdisciplinary, designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how food grows.
Time lapse radish seeds sprouting, top and roots growing
Time lapse sequence. Amazing how fast the radishes grew. Music by Roland White [CD-Trying to Get to You]. Hope you enjoy.
Tomatoes are partial to red, potatoes favor pale blue or white, and turnips don’t think orange is too bad.
Gardening Tips : Does Music Affect Plant Growth?
While there is no evidence that music affects plant growth, playing a favorite type of music may make gardening more fun and effective. Give attention to plants by playing music when gardening using tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on plant care.
The Effect of Music on Plants
In 1973, a woman named Dorothy Retallack published a small book called The Sound of Music and Plants. Mrs. Retallack placed plants in each chamber and speakers through which she played sounds and particular styles of music. She watched the plants and recorded their progress daily. She was astounded at what she discovered.
Fun Science Fair Projects
Some ideas and methods to help make it easier for you to have a prize winning botany science project. From Janice Van Cleve.
Happy, dancing raisins
Remember the dancing raisins commercial on TV? No? Well it doesn’t matter anyway, they have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this experiment. Now, let’s make some raisins boogie!
Mummified Apple Recipe
Science is used in the study of how ancient Egyptians created mummies. Create a mummified apple. Does it last as long or longer than a fresh apple?
Plant Growth Experiments
The instructions here outline a protocol for conducting plant growth experiments in the laboratory. You may want to make adaptations for use in a greenhouse or outdoors.
3D Plant Cell Project
All you need for your own 3D plant cell model is a few ordinary household objects. Additionally a few food items will be needed to illustrate the parts of the cell. We like to use Jell-O in our 3D cell model. Use the “Jigglers” recipe to make the cell stiff.
AP Biology Project–Cells
Olivia Halverson helps you understand plant and animal cells: how they are similar and different.
How to make an edible Plant Cell for Biology Science Project
Basically I had to make a plant cell and I didnt want to do the same thing everyone does… so I did it Betty Crocker Style!
Plant Cell Science Project
The following sample plant cell science project experiment is meant to give you ideas on how to perform experiments and arrange your project. Use this project to come up with ideas for your own experiments.
Plant Cell Structure
Plants are unique amongst the eukaryotes, organisms whose cells have membrane-enclosed nuclei and organelles, because they can manufacture their own food.
Interviews with Plant Groups – Lesson starter
Great teaching resource I made using CrazyTalk software. A moss, conifer, flower, grass and fern all tel you about their features. Great for plant classification.
Classification of Plants & Animals
At any one time in history, there are millions of different kinds of plants and animals in the world. In 1753, a scientist in Sweden named Carolus Linnaeus thought of an orderly system for classifying plants and animals.
Fun Facts about Fungi
Penicillin can save lives. Truffles, found by pigs, are a delicacy. Did you know that ants farm fungi? These and other amazing facts.
Know that flat green stuff found on rocks? That’s lichen. Why should you care about learning about lichen? Check out this page for kids to find out.
I mean really! Do you really have to PLAN to grow mold in a jar of old food? Just grab something that’s been in your fridg too long and make the observations.
DNA from Plants
How to extract DNA from anything living
Using your blender and an onion, here’s how you can extract some long strands of DNA.
Chaparral and Fire
When we say that plants are adapted to fire, we mean that the plants actually need fire as part of their lives, and that the plant species could die out if fire didn’t occur. Sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? Why would plants have anything to do with fire?
The Dirt on Soil
This is a world where fungi lay traps for thread-like worms. Bacteria dine on toxic chemicals. The smaller the creature, the stranger are its habits. Take an interactive journey into the dirt beneath your feet.
Natural History for Bell County Texas
Presented here are some of the things in nature that I have observed and captured as images. Hopefully this will help motivate others to make their own observations. Most of the material presented is from Central Texas in the vicinity of Bell County, but much of the material applies world wide.
Gardening Tips : Collecting Seeds From Flowers
Collect seeds from flowers by waiting until the plant is done blooming and then gather the seed pods before it starts to rain and freeze at night. Hold on to seeds until they can be planted in the spring and save money on expensive seeds with gardening tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on plant care.
The Structure of Flowers
Some flowers are tiny and hard to see: others are showy and flamboyant, like orchids and roses. Some flowers grow in clusters, some bloom alone. All flowers, however, have a protected ovary to contain the seeds, and stamens to produce the pollen.
Why Do Plants Have Flowers?
Flowers are used by a plant to have kids….er…..seeds, and new baby plants. Simple, yet lovely illustrations to show flower parts and how insects help pollenate flowers. Delightfully written.
How Plants “Drink” Water
Celery Stalks at Midnight
Did you ever wonder how a paper towel can soak up a spill, or how water gets from a plant’s roots to its leaves? The name for this is “capillary action.”
Extracting life from a plant
OK Reeko, so how do plants take in water, I’ve never seen them slurping it up with a straw? This experiment should shed some light on this question.
In this experiment we will introduce you to a principle called osmosis. Using simple household items we will demonstrate what osmosis (the natural passage or diffusion of water — or other liquids — through a semi permeable membrane,) is and how it works.
All about trees. Games and puzzles. Why leaves change color. How to plant trees. Projects and uses for trees.
Dancing Flower Graphic from Sunny Bunniezz flower page.