Title: Plants are Survivors!
All plants have basic life requirements. Understanding these requirements as well as plant structure helps explain why plants prefer some locations over others. This project allows students to work in cooperative groups to explore the impact of the environment and tissue structure on plants. It also allows students to summarize their findings in a multimedia presentation.
Standard(s): [S1] BOT (9-12) 6: Explain the importance of soil type, texture, and nutrients to plant growth.
Title: Weather and Agriculture
In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Standard(s): [S1] GEL (9-12) 9: Describe the movement and storage of water in terms of watersheds, rainfall, surface runoff, aquifers, and surface water reservoirs.
This Xpedition Hall interactive surveys how different plants and animals survive in an Alpine Desert, Lava Field, Grassland, Open Forest, and Rain Forest. Click on the bottom circle in Room III to view this interactive, which explores some of the ways life forms have adapted to fit into the local ecology.
Standard(s): [S1] BOT (9-12) 3: List plant adaptations required for life on land.