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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

Living Schoolyards Month Activity Guide (2016)

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This free guide (PDF) has over forty hands-on activities for PreK-12th grade students and the public. Activities are succinctly & beautifully presented. Each one includes goals, materials, procedures, age guidelines and teaching tips useful photos on 1-2 pages. Overarching themes include: Art, Recreation,…

Smarty Plants: Lessons on Plant Growth

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Smarty Plants, a plant seller based in Australia, offers clear and kid-friendly plant explorations for primary-aged learners. These plans are adaptable, no matter the source of your plants. The well-organized 'Classroom' tab of their site lists curriculum and kid-friendly lesson plans and experiment…

My Life as a Plant: Education and Research Coloring Book

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Sally Sunflower and her pals inspire kids (PreK-2) to explore the world of plants.This interactive story created by ASPB Education Foundation Grant program winner Alan Jones with co-PI Jane Ellis and science educator Janice Anderson, is a fun first foray into the 12 Principles of Plant Biology.  …

'Colorful Leaves' - Activity book enhances observation skills

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Scientific illustrator and educator Gail Selfridge publishes activity book to engage learners and enhance awareness of plants. She will send six complimentary copies (including shipping) to anyone who agrees to use them as part of an educational program in exchange for photos of the event and a short…