Using the lens of Seeds, Soil, and Surprises, this suite of lessons is intended to help teachers and students develop the critical skill set needed to work successfully with primary sources across any subject matter and support Common Core State Standards.
compost: decayed organic material that is recycled as fertilizer and soil amendment
decomposition: the state or process of rotting or decay
embryo: a developing plant contained inside a seed
endosperm: tissue around an embryo inside some seeds, providing protection and nutrition for the growing plant in the form of starch
environment: all the conditions around a plant impacting its growth and quality of life, such as the amount of space in which to live, climate, other plants, etc.
mineral: an inorganic (i.e. never living), naturally-made, crystal-structured solid that has a consistent chemical pattern
nutrient: a necessary ingredient for a plant’s growth and survival, such as nitrogen or potassium, often acquired through soil
photosynthesis: the process in plants by which the sun’s energy (light energy) is captured by chlorophyll and converted to chemical energy that is stored in sugars, combining carbon dioxide and water to make sugars and release oxygen
produce (n.): agricultural products, especially fruits and vegetables
product: a material that is produced and often refined by way of processes in order to become more usable
respiration: the process in living organisms by which sugars are combined with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and water, and to release energy for the organisms’ use in growth
stoma (pl. stomata): a very small hole in the surface of the leaf (oxygen and carbon dioxide from the air enter through stomata; oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor leave through stomata)
variation: differences between organisms of the same species
LESSONS + ACTIVITIES
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"The Private Life of Plants" is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough. The series is a study of the growth, movement, reproduction, and survival of plants. Each of the six 50-minute episodes discusses aspects of a plant's life cycle, using examples from around the world.