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A six part 3,600 slide PowerPoint roadmap
covers many topics associated with an
Introductory Botany Course (See list below
for more details). Students create
experiments at the beginning of the unit
and if all goes well, the topic areas follow
the growth of the plant. The students really
enjoy this unit because they get to handle
and investigate all parts of a plants life
cycle. This is a fantastic unit for any life
science class. Duration = 6+ weeks.
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Areas of Focus in The Plant Unit: Plant photo tour, Plant Evolution, Importance of Algae, Lichens
(Fungi Protista Symbiosis), The Three Types of Lichens, Non-Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Seedless
Vascular Plants (Ferns), Seeds, Seed Dormancy, Factors that Break Seed Dormancy, Germination,
Parts of a Young Plant, Monocots and Dicots, Roots and Water, Types of Roots, Water Uptake and
Photosynthesis, Plant Hormones, Plant Tissues, Xylem and Phloem, Woody Plants, Leaves, Light and
Plants, Transpiration, Guard Cells, Leaf Identification, Plant Life Cycles, Seed Plant Life Cycles, Parts
of a Flower, Matured Ovaries (Fruits), Types of Fruit and much more. (Ecological Succession mini unit
The Plant Topics Unit covers most topics associated with an Introductory Botany Course. This unit
includes an interactive and engaging five part PowerPoint Roadmap of 3,600 slides with built-in class
notes (Red Slides), lab activities, project ideas, discussion questions, assessments (Quiz Wiz), and
challenge questions with answers. Text is in large print (32 font) and is placed at the top of each slide
so it can be read from all angles of a classroom. A shade technique and color coded text help to
increase student focus and allows the teacher to control the pace of the lesson. Also included is a 13
page (Microsoft 2003 word doc.) bundled homework package / assessment that chronologically follows
the PowerPoint roadmap, as well as a 13 page modified assessment. 16 pages of class notes (.doc)
with images are also included for students who require modifications, as well as answer keys for support
professionals, teachers, and homeschool parents. Several video links are provided and a slide within
the slideshow cues teacher / parent when the videos are most relevant to play. Video shorts usually
range from 2-7 minutes. Four PowerPoint Review Games (125+ slides each are included). Answers to
the PowerPoint review games are provided in PowerPoint form so students can self-assess. Lastly,
several class games such as guess the hidden picture beneath the boxes, and the find the hidden owl
somewhere within the PowerPoint slideshow are provided. Difficulty rating of 7 /10
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
3-5.ETS1.1. (Make observation and measurements to identify materials based on their
3-5.ETS1.2 (Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or want that included
specified criteria for success with materials, time, or cost)
3-5.ETS1.3 (Generate and compare multiple possible solution to a problem based on how
well each is to meet criteria and constraints of the problem)
5.PS1.1. (Develop a model that matter is made of particles too small be seen). Particles
are addressed when photosynthesis is covered.
5.PS1.1. (Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly
from the air and water).
• Students learn about hydroponics, see a video, and conduct an activity with
hydroponics in the classroom. Review slides and video links reinforce this standard.
MS.LS1.4 (Provide evidence / use argument to explain animal behaviors and plants structures to increase successful reproduction)
• This is covered in seed dispersal mechanisms, Plant Life Cycles, Parts of a Flower, Fruits, and also within seedless vascular plants.
MS.LS1.5 (Create an explanation from evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence growth of organism).
• Environmental factors that such as light, temperature, and moisture are addressed throughout. Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are described in detail.
Fertilizers and nutrients are addressed in the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles. Students also design and carry out their own investigations with plant growth. Many of these
projects will investigate how changes in environmental factors affect plant growth / fitness.
MS.LS1.6 (Create an explanation from evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms).
• This standard is addressed heavily as students visit many interactive slides about photosynthesis. Students learn about how the energy flow of life comes from the
sun and that plants create sugars. What goes into and out of plants is addressed. Students learn the biochemical processes of photosynthesis (beyond and boundary).
Video and academic links, review opportunities and more are provided.
HS.LS1.3 (Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy).
• Students create a detailed sketch of what goes into and out plants. The lesson also addresses the photosynthetic equation. Exciting video links, text, visuals, and
constant review help to reinforce. This unit does not address the Calvin Cycle in detail except by providing a detailed video link of the biochemical processes.
Traditional standards addressed in the Botany / Plant Topics Unit
Below are just a few of the typical standards that this unit addresses for those that are interested. This unit does cover many topics / standards that are
not addressed below.
●Keep a journal record of observations, recognizing patterns, summarizing findings, and reflecting on the observations.
Work effectively within a cooperative group setting, accepting and executing assigned roles and responsibilities.
●Explain that most microorganisms do not cause disease and that many are beneficial to the environment.
●Describe the reproductive process of plants, explaining some plants grow from seed, while others grow from the parts of other plants.
●Recognize that living organisms have life cycles, which include birth, growth and development, reproduction, and death; and explain how these life cycles
vary for different organisms.
●Describe the process of photosynthesis and explain that plants can use the food they make immediately or store it for later use.
●Recognize that plants and animals interact with one another in various ways besides providing food, such as seed dispersal or pollination.
●Plan a step-by-step process to solve a practical problem or to carry out a “fair test” of a simple scientific question.
Use a variety of tools and formats (oral presentations, journals, and multimedia presentations) to summarize and communicate the results of observations.
●Apply a variety of age-appropriate strategies to address real-life issues (e.g., identify factors that affect plants in a particular habitat).
●Organize observations and data into tables, charts and graphs.
●Build a concept map (or other graphic organizer) to understand a complex problem.
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