Plants

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Botany is the study of plants.  Students in general biology class are usually required to learn the basic form and function of plants.  The coloring pages are a great resource to teach plant anatomy.

Flower Coloring – color the parts of a flower; stamen, pistil, ovary, petals
Leaf Coloring – color structures; xylem, phloem, bundle sheath, epidermis..etc
Monocot and Dicot Comparison  - coloring with terms and questions
Photosystem Coloring - shows PSI and PSII, and the ETC, color the structures

Botany Wordsearch – plant terms
Tree Identification – leaf terminology (alternate vs simple), and a key to identify trees of the midwest
Tree Rings – website on dendrology, with questions

Where do Plants Get Their Food – grow plants, weigh soil and disprove that plants consumes soil
Plant Hormones – lab investigates effects of gibberellic acid on growth

Photosynthesis Simulation – measure rates of ATP production while changing light intensity and CO2 levels
Waterweed Simulator - control the light and CO2 amounts and observe the rates of photosynthesis
Rate of Photosynthesis – using baking soda, elodea and light, measure the bubbles to observe how fast a plant photosynthesizes and releases oxygen

Separation of Plant Pigments - identify plant pigments by separation and isolation of the pigments using thin layer paper chromatography.

Photosystems Labeling – image showing photosystem I and II and the electron transport chain, students label the parts of the system

Fluorescence of Chlorophyll – cut up a spinach leaf and add ethanol to see how chlorophyll turn red under a black light

Investigation of Leaf Stomata – compare stomata of plants kept in the light and dark

Do Plants Consume or Release CO2 – using phenol red as an indicator, colors in test tube will change as the plant releases oxygen and consumes carbon dioxide.

Help Wanted – descriptions of plant jobs (classifieds), students guess the structure best suited
Transpiration Lab – measure rates of water loss in plants kept in different conditions
Germination Inhibitors – measure germination rates in tomatoes
Seed Germination Experiments – students investigate what factors affect germination