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  • Using Algae Beads as a Model for Photosynthesis Introduce students to photosynthesis with fresh water algae. By creating algae beads (made of algae and sodium alginate solution), they indirectly observe the change in concentration of oxygen in beads that are exposed to different amounts of light. View »
  • What Do Plants Need To Grow? Explore the phenomenon of plant growth with this guided inquiry activity. Students use seed disks to determine the amount of sunlight and water plants need to grow. For grades K-2. View »
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® Monohybrid Crosses Inquiry In this scientific inquiry activity, students germinate F2 generation Wisconsin Fast Plants® seeds and identify the phenotypes and possible genotypes of the F2 generation plants. View »
  • Comparing Land and Water Plants How are land and aquatic plants different? How are they alike? In this activity, students compare an aquatic plant, common duckweed, to a terrestrial plant of their choosing. For grade 2. View »
  • Testing for Segregation of Alleles In this lab, students test corn pollen for evidence of the segregation of alleles. View »
  • An Inquiry into Seed Germination This NGSS-aligned activity is a student inquiry into factors that affect seed germination.Use it as an introduction for plant studies in biology or as an environmental impact investigation in earth science, environmental science, or agricultural science. View »
  • Flipped Lessons Are Great, Now Try Layering! Getting the Most Out of Your Wisconsin Fast Plants® Lessons Tick-tock, tick-tock. Every classroom minute is precious, and teachers always look for ways to accomplish more during instructional time. Wisconsin Fast Plants® can help maximize your time while providing 3-dimensional learning recommended by the latest national standards. View »
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well Aligned with NGSS Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well-Aligned with NGSS Teachers have relied on Wisconsin Fast Plants® for over 25 years. A new way of planting them and Fast Plants’ enduring classroom benefits make them ideal for addressing current standards. Dr Hedi Baxter Lauffer, director of the Fast Plants® program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gives you the details. View »
  • Photosynthesis Introduce students to photosynthesis in a visual way. As Elodea uses carbon dioxide from an initial solution, a change in pH occurs, causing a color change in the solution. View »
  • Hydroponic Nutrient Solution After a structured investigation of a hydroponic technology, students design an experiment to test different nutrient solutions. View »
  • Observing Plant Cells In this lab students observe Elodea leaves under magnification. They will see cell walls and chloroplasts. From the movement of chloroplasts they will infer that cyclosis, or protoplasmic streaming, is occurring. They also will observe that most chloroplasts are pressed tightly against the cell wall and should infer from this that much of the cell is occupied by a vacuole. View »
  • 32 Standards Met with Wisconsin Fast Plants® Engage students and support NGSS with classroom-tested, tried-and-true Wisconsin Fast Plants®. A leading expert on the use of Fast Plants® in education recommends investigations and kits to support K–12 NGSS. View »
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