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Root tip mitosis practical protocol for A-level biology

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Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) develops lots of useful resources for teachers of the UK's A-level biology syllabus (OCR, AQA, EdExcel and Eduqas specifications). This is an improved and simplified protocol that allows students to observe mitosis in root tips. Toluidine blue is used to stain…

Science and Plants for Schools

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Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) creates opportunities for teachers and students to find out more about plants and to become more interested in plant science. We are based at the Sainsbury Lab, Cambridge with close links with the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, University of Cambridge Department…

Digital Library for Earth System Education

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The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE supports Earth system science…

Make Me Genius: Uses of Plants for Kids

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A charming ~7 minute animation (with regular photos interspersed) featuring two youngsters talking about the many ways plants support all life and provide products everyone needs and uses every day. Relaxed but concise use of key vocabulary terms will expand young viewers understanding of plants and…

It's all in the touch! Plant biology curriculum grades 5 - 8

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The objective of this curriculum is to encourage conceptual understanding of plant diversity, cell structure and function through tactile exploration of these topics. It has been recognized that human senses of touch, smell and taste are effective and meaningful ways of educational engagement. Focusing…

Plant Biology Science Fair Project Ideas (& more)

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Get hands-on experience with the plants around you with these plant science fair project ideas. Ideas are sorted as Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Plants have developed an amazing variety of strategies to succeed in the struggle for survival. In addition to the science itself, plant biology…

Nutrients for Life Curriculum

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The Nutrients for Life Foundation is an educational non-profit that provides information and resources to educators and the public about the vital role fertilizers play in feeding our world. Through donations, we are able to offer free educational materials on soil science to educators. All of our resources…

USDA Teacher Resources: Wildflowers and Pollinators

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An extensive set of resources for various grade levels to help children explore the relationships between plants and pollinators. View resource

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,…