LifeLab describes how a school can turn a patch of its open space into a living garden for investigating not only botany but also interaction of plants in different kinds of soils. Especially for students who may not have a backyard to grow things this use of school grounds is a wonderful way to level the playing field.
The Great Plant Escape, appropriate for very young children, is similar to LifeLab's content. Presented as mysteries, a half-dozen experiments, like "Is it dust, dirt, dandruff or a seed?", are illustrated. Its audience, too, are urban schoolchildren.
The Secret Social Life of Plants
Plants communicate among themselves. This video shows the how and why.
You'll never look at a lawnmower the same way again.
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The images and drawings make Botany interesting to a wide range of students.
This site provides in-depth resources and compendium of botanical art past and present for anyone interested in botanical art. It will be of special interest to budding botanical artists.
Leafsnap, developed by researchers from Columbia,Maryland and the Smithsonian, students can compare sample leaves in New York City and Washington with those in this database.
The Agriculture Department engages students with unit titles, such as "No Mousing Around", "Something's Fishy",and "Plants That Like Heavy Metal". The full food chain is explained.
Garden, home of the National Garden Association, contains K-12 curricula and information on topics such as grasses, fungi and butterfly gardens.
At Xray radiographic displays of flowers and plants reveal a perspective and contents not found in most charts.
Horticultural and crop science at Ohio State contain databases, photos, etc. which would be very helpful to students studying agriculture in other regions of the US.
Fast Plants is full of animations for classroom activities about plant growth.
The impact of invasive plant species illustrates the adaptation of non-native vegetation in different ecological environments. They illustrate diffusion of species.
The Arbor Day Foundation provides this unique resource that allows you to identify a tree simply by the kinds of leaves it produces. Grab a leaf and try it.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• National Academy of Science
• Virtual Modeling for Learning Science and Math
• Botanical Gardens
• Social Studies Education
• National Science Teachers Association
• Encyclopedia and Reference Sites