Botany is the science of how plants work, from the tiniest seeds and algae to the tallest trees. Plant Science for kids.
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A Seed Is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent’s lap as in a classroom reading circle.
Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology 5th Edition
by James D. Mauseth
As new information is introduced and environmental changes occur, Plant Biology continues to develop and evolve as a science. Updated and revised to keep pace with these developments, the Fifth Edition of Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology provides a modern and comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of botany while retaining the important focus of natural selection, analysis of botanical phenomena, and diversity. Students are first introduced to topics that should be most familiar (plant structure), proceed to those less familiar (plant physiology and development), and conclude with topics that are likely least familiar to the introductory student (genetics, evolution, and ecology). Mauseth is sure to provide the latest material on molecular biology and plant biotechnology in an effort to keep pace with these advancing areas of study.
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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.
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.
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!
Mummify an Apple
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? Periodically check on your apple. What changes do you see in your apple? At what point does it start to look like a “mummy”? If you would like, you can use the chart below to record the changes
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.
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 didn’t want to do the same thing everyone does… so I did it Betty Crocker Style!
Edible Cell Project: Chocolate Chip Cookie Science
What can be more motivational than a huge chocolate chip cookie?! So if your student is studying the parts of a cell, whether a plant or an animal cell, give this a try. We think you’ll love it! From Hip Homeschool Moms.
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.
Seventh Grade Cell Project
Most cells are so small they can’t be seen by the naked eye. So how did scientists find cells? By accident, that’s how! The first person to see cells wasn’t even looking for them.
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.
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 fridge 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.
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 is 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 worldwide.
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.
Wildflower Coloring Book
Learn about wildflowers found at Homestead National Monument of America with this free coloring book.
How Plants “Drink” Water
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.