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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: What is Inside of a Seed?
Description: Students will learn the various components of a seed. A seed consists of three main parts: the seed coat, the endosperm, and the embryo. Of these parts, the embryo is clearly the most important. Its cells will differentiate and develop into all the different tissues that will ultimately make up the mature plant. The other parts of the seed merely play supporting roles. These roles, nonetheless, are critical to the embryo's success. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Picture This!
Description: This lesson plan involves capturing pictures and identifying monocots and dicots. Students will take pictures of plants and tell whether and why they are monocots or dicots.  They will site characteristics of monocots and dicots to support their choices.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Flower Anatomy
Description: Flower Anatomy helps a student to visualize the floral parts.  Students can disect the flower after they have viewed and identified all parts.  A student can take the dissected parts and create a word wall using colored paper or posterboard.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Great Plant Escape
Description: This is a Webquest that is designed to introduce students to plant science. Activities enhance student's math, science, language arts, social studies, music and art. There are many options in this program. Choose any or all of the suggested activities for your class. Many activities are for students to work independently and some are for group work.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gymnosperms, Cone Bearing Vascular Plants
Description: Students will research printed encyclopedias, Internet resources (thinkfinity.org) and their science textbook to gather information to answer questions and draw an assigned portion of the Life Cycle of the Gymnosperms. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Life Cycle of Ferns, A Seedless Vascular Plant
Description: Students will listen, watch, and read while the teacher goes over the life cycle of the ferns. Students will then use the textbook or Internet websites to draw, label, decorate, or color the life cycle of ferns. Students will also use various resources to answer questions about ferns. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Distinguishing Between Monocots and Dicots
Description: Students will: Learn how monocots and dicots are different. Learn how to recognize a dicot seed and a monocot seed. Learn to recognize a dicot leaf and a monocot leaf. Learn to recognize a dicot root system and a monocot root system.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Plants
Description: Students will take notes on plants and as a review they will create a multimedia presentation on topics learned including information about their favorite flower. For the duration of the lesson students will also solve and create help wanted ads based on plant organs. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Angiosperms - Plants With Flowers
Description: By using a hands-on activity,the students will learn about the Life Cycle of the Angiosperms. Students will learn about the female and male parts of a flower. This would be a great activity to follow a unit on reproduction in flowering plants. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Herb or Not to Herb
Description: This unit allows students to research some common herbal supplements to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the herb. Students will compare the herbal supplements to pharmaceutical medicines to judge which is the better choice. Students will make a PowerPoint presentation to advertise herbal supplements and their common uses. The students will make an informative web site that allows others access to their discoveries. The students will learn the process of scientific problem-solving using the appropriate tools and technology. Students will critique the advertisement of herbal drugs and the impact they are having on society. They will present their findings to the class with a brochure or newsletter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Arts Education (1), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Botany Scavenger Hunt Where's the Ginkgo?
Description: Students use a science nature journal to log in plants native to Alabama. They sketch pictures of leaves, identify the special characteristics of the plant, and describe the environment where it was found. They also research special characteristics and classifiy the plant. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Endangered Species
Description: Students research and create a brochure project on an endangered species of their choice integrating aspects of math, science, social studies, art, reading and writing. This project allows the students to make connections across the curriculum. Students present their ideas to a group of peers persuading the group to help save or become interested in helping the endangered species. Students are also encouraged to make connections between the activities of the human population and their effect on the natural world. This project may be completed using the media center computers, computer lab, or individual computers as a homework project. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Circles of Life
Description: This is an inquiry based cooperative learning unit that can be used in biology as a graduation exam review or in botany for a nine week project. The students will learn the life cycle of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The teacher can choose to do the cycles together or separate.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science
Title: Tomato Mold      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a researcher who's helping tomato plants fight back against black mold, a fungus that destroys them. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Plant Parents      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on reproduction in plants, covers how most plants normally reproduce--sexually. In this lesson, students learn the parts of the flower and the process of sexual reproduction in plants.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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