Image citation: http://croptechnology.unl.edu/pages/index2col.php?category=plantphys
Hook: Online Poll
Students answer a number of basic plant physiology questions via an online poll (using sms messaging), which will retrieve class data in real time. Going through the questions as a class gives an accurate description of the students’ theoretical knowledge. An assortment of example questions can be found in the document below.
Action:”Let us Build a Flower”
Students learn the basic plant physiology by building a flower using paper, scissors and glue.
Spongelab Applet: Students interactively complete online simulator that focuses on organs of a soy bean, corn and tomato plant.
Consolidation:Plant Reproduction Crossword Puzzle
Students complete a crossword which will review terms learned over the course of the first lesson. Perhaps turning this activity into a competition will foster motivation to complete the puzzle.