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   BE AN EXPERT: PLANT SCIENCE
        10/8/2008

1. Explain 5 ways people depend on plants       5 Points


2. Plant Vocabulary     10 Points
Define these words asociated with plant science

chlorophyll
dicot
vein
cuticle
root
pollen
xylem
stem
monocot
pollination
chlorplast
germination
seed coat
seed
petiole
conifers
leaf
sprout
spore
phloem
taproot
cotyledon
sap
stomata

2. Flower Parts and Function    5 Points
Identify the parts of the flower.
Explain what each part of the flower does.

    anther, stigma, filament, ovary, sepal, petal, ovule, style

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Explain what each part of the flower does

3. Photosynthesis       5 Points

 

 

 

 

 

 



4. Plant Parts     5 Points
Name the three parts of a plant.
   
Explain the function of each part.




5. Plant Propogation    5 Points
Explain how to propagate (grow another) plant from:



6. Propogate Your Own Plant     5 Points
Propagate a new plant by any of the above methods. 

 

7. Plant Names     5 Points
List the common names of ten plants
     

 

8.  Food Plants      5 Points
List 10 plants that can be grown for food in your area.



9. Leaf Book     15 Points
Find a leaf example for each of the following characteristics.
Mount each leaf on a piece of paper.
Label the page with the leaf characteristic


10. Native and Non-Native Plant Investigation      10 Points
You will identify and describe a non-native and native plant. 
Use reference materials to answer the questions on the Plant Investigation Worksheets.
  
When finished write a report describing what you learned about the plants.
Design a poster or a foldable book that compares the two plants. 
The projects should include as much information from the Plant Investigation Worksheets as possible.

Plant Investigation Worksheets found at

http://www.weedcenter.org/education/lessons/plantinvestigationsupport.pdf

 

11. Adopt-A-Tree      10 Points
Choose a tree in your yard or a park.
use the Adopt-A-Tree Journal to record your information.
Identify the common and scientific name.
Estimate the height of the tree.
Measure the circumference 1 meter from the ground.
Measure the length of a leaf.
Measure the width of a leaf.
Identify any animals you see on or near your tree.
Sketch a leaf.
Sketch the tree's shape.
Sketch the seeds/fruit.
Make a leaf rubbing.
Make a bark rubbing.

Use Adopt-A-Tree Journal found at:
http://sciencespot.net/Media/adopttree2.pdf

 

12. School Tree Survey      20 Points
Make a map of the trees on your school yard.
1. On a large sheet of paper draw a scale map of the school yard.
2. Record the location of all treees taller than 4 feet.
3. Identify the trees by collecting a leaf.
4. Add the tree's scientific and common name to the map.
Going Further: Map bushes and flowering plants that are around the school yard.
Add these to your School Map.

 

13. Seed Book      10 Points
Make a seed identification book that has 10 different seeds.
Fruit and vegetables can be slit and then drawn to show the location of the seeds.
Keep the seeds, dry them, and glue them on to paper.
Attach the seeds to the page with the drawing.

 

14. Music's Effect on Growing Plants     10 Points
Many experiments have been done to see what music's effect on growing plants is.
Does music help or hinder a plants growth?
You will need three or more or the same type of plant for this project.
Leave one plant in a room with classical music (or easy listening) playing constantly.
Leave another plant in a room with Hard rock, jazz, country, or some other type of music.
Leave a third plant alone with no exposure to music.
Note the comparative health of the plants after 1 week (or a predetermined amount of time).
Make conclusions based on the results of your experiment.

 

15. Soils      10 Points
Will plants grow better in certain types of soil?
You will need at least two of the same type of plant and two types of soil.
Place one plant in sand, and another plant in potting soil or another type of soil.
Place them where they will receive the same amount of sunlight.
Give them the same amount of water.
After 1 week, make observations as to how much each plant has grown, its color, and overall health.
Which is better for growing plants?
Why do you think this is the case?

 

16. Comparing the Growth of Different Plants     10 Points
For this project you will need two or more different types of seeds.
Place them in the same type of pot, with the same kind and amount of soil.
Place them where they will receive the same amount of sunlight and give them the same amount of water.
Before you begin make your hypothesis as to which plant you think will grow best.
Let the seeds grow for 2 weeks.
Make your observations and conclusions based on your experiment.
Which plant grew the fastest?

 

17. Plant Growth in Darkness      10 Points
For this project you will need 3 of the same type of plant.
Place one plant in complete darkness.
Place one plant in a room with constant artificial light.
Place one plant in a room where it gets sunlight during the day but no light at night.
Run this experiment for 1 week and make observations on the health of the plants.
Which is healthiest? Why?

 

18. Plant Morphology- Leaves and Stems     5 Points
Draw a plant. It can be a house plant or a plant in te wild.
Identify the Leaf Arrangement, the Leaf type, and the Leaf Shape.

Plant morphology found at:

http://gk12calbio.berkeley.edu/lessons/plantmorphology_handout.pdf


ONLINE RESOURCES
Eastern & Central US Trees found at:

http://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/easterntrees.cfm

Invasive Plants found at:
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/invasives.html

Keys to Leaves of Virginia found at:
http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/forsite/key/intro.htm

Leaf Structure found at:
http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/CASDEPT/Hort/LeafID/Lesson3.html

Monster Flower Diagram found at:

http://www.jmgkids.us/media/monster_flower_diagram.pdf

Tree Leaf Key found at:
http://forestry.about.com/library/treekey/bltree_key_id_start.htm

What Tree Is That? found at:
http://www.arborday.org/trees/wtit/

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