Daily Life Learning


Classroom & Laboratory Resources

  • All in the Touch Curriculum The objective of this curriculum is to encourage conceptual understanding of plant diversity, cell structure and function through tactile exploration of these topics. The curriculum can be used in standard classrooms, after-school programs and summer camps.
  • DNA for Dinner? This ASPB-funded curriculum covers numerous topics relating to plants, including genetic diversity, genetic codes, genomes, DNA, and biotechnology. Each lesson includes background, hands-on activities, math puzzles, suggestions for discussion and leads to find more information. The curriculum is broken up into five lessons. Content was designed for middle school participants.
  • Do Plants Need Soil to Grow? This resource provides a set of videos and a practical investigation aimed at supporting working scientifically in the classroom and relating science to real world experiences.
  • Backyard Mystery This is an NSF-funded curriculum, focused on diseases, pathogens and careers, using interactive paper and physical activities. Content is for middle school participants in afterschool settings, like 4-H and other similar venues. The curriculum engages student interest in genetics and genomics and in the bioSTEM workforce. The curriculum adheres to National Science Education Standards in Life Sciences. The curriculum is available in two forms: a combined lesson that brings all of the elements together in one session and another in which the content is broken out into three separate lessons.
  • Bureau of Land Management Teaching Resources Find a variety of practical & interesting ideas for your classroom from BLM national, state, and field offices. For info about resources organized by states visit Programs in Your Area
  • California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom  Today’s children are far removed from the land that feeds and clothes us. This next generation of consumers, parents and decision-makers must grow up understanding agriculture’s critical contributions to our society.
  • Grow a Candy Bar Candy in classrooms seems inevitable at certain times of the year. This simple handout offers a little food for thought so students can learn a few yummy morsels about the plants they are enjoying in every delicious bite.
  • Learning to Give Phil's Garden of Good is a well-organized, motivating 4-part unit that combines kid-lit and plant biology while teaching very young students (K-2) about community service and joyful giving.
  • MendelWeb MendelWeb is an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science
  • NASA Wavelength A digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. Go to the website and search 'Plants" for plant-based activities!
  • Nutrition From Plants Do you know how many plants it takes to make a Big Mac? There are many resources available from articles to printable pieces for use in the classroom.
  • Phyllotaxis & Fibonacci Students take a close look at the math & biology involved in the creation of seed, leaf, and petal spiral patterns. These multi-modal, inquiry-oriented activities align with NGSS and CCSS and are scalable for middle and high school/AP students.
  • Plant Biology Science Fair Project Ideas Check out some free plant science fair project ideas!
  • PlantingScience.org A free online resource to teachers and schools that provides volunteer scientists, resources, and activities to support next generation science learning. Working together in small teams with support from a scientist mentor, your students will have the unique chance to get to know a scientist and expand their skillset at the same time.
  • Project Kaleidoscope What Can You Do to Improve STEM Instruction and Learning? Read Ready, Set Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Classrooms (RSS), a user-friendly derivative of NRC's technical tome Taking Science to School (TSS). Click to learn about the eight chapters and four appendixes filled with validated teaching techniques and sample teaching vignettes designed to clarify the four most effective strands of science instruction.
  • Pro Tips – Studying for the Sciences Look at these study tips for successful science students and studying for the sciences: misconceptions and antidotes.
  • Teaching with Arabidopsis thaliana This two-page guideline provides basic information for teachers to help their students practice plant propagation and to study plant traits and plant interactions with the environment.
  • The 12 Principles of Plant Biology These 12 principles provide basic plant biology concepts for science education & public engagement. A Framework for understanding and appreciating the critical roles of plants to create, improve and sustain life.
  • Trees Make a World of Difference Students can find great books to read or websites to visit at this site. Teachers can incorporate these resources along with tree-centric classroom activities and national science standards into their on-going biology and geography lessons.
  • Vision and Change Project Locator The Vision and Change Project Locator offers program models, data, and inspiration to help you improve undergraduate biology education on your campus. Projects can be searched via multiple menus including: - Applicable Courses (e.g. Bioinformatics, Genetics, Plant Biology & Botany) - Course Levels (ranging from biology for future science educators, to non-majors, to upper division coursework)


Hands-On Activities & Games

  • Botany Games and Resources for Kids a list of hands-on activities to help kids learn about and appreciate botany
  • Build a Super Plant! This activity is meant to illustrate the concept of the “random” nature of allele inheritance and the resulting phenotypes. This activity was designed for use with traffic that comes and goes, such as a booth at an outreach event, but a sample worksheet has been included for potential adaptation to a classroom setting.
  • Building with Biology The Building with Biology project is a community dedicated to developing innovative resources, practices and processes to build the capacity of the field to use public engagement with science activities to extend STEM learning about synthetic biology. Through collaboration with informal science education institutions and partnering scientists, a physical Building with Biology kit of hands-on activities and programs has been developed to create conversations among publics and scientists about synthetic biology.
  • CottonAcres.com - Cottonseeds packs for scientific research CottonAcres.com is an ultimate resource for scientists, researchers, educators and students to learn and teach all about Cotton (Gossypium species)
  • How to Host a Plant Biology Film Fest And Enjoy Oscar-worthy Outreach. Learn how to film and check out other films!
  • Hunt for Plants in Your House Plants are all around us. Have you thought the use of plants in and around your home? What part do plants play in your life?
  • Look Closer at Biotechnology Enjoy puzzles and word games as you discover how biotechnology helps scientists and farm experts figure out how to: 1) grow more food for more people; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow food with more nutrients to improve our health.
  • Kids Gardening Kids to learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder.
  • Phyllotaxis, Fibonacci, and Plant Biology Know more through here!
  • Plant & Animal Cell Models Users click on the individual parts of a colorful, interactive cell model for concise definitions and descriptions of functions.
  • Plant Evolution Search A Word Activity!
  • Plant Explorer Young plant explorers can click & read through this appealing site blooming with basic information about food, botany, and plant biology.
  • Plant Science Podcasts Watch some podcasts and do critical thinking activities!
  • Plants in Your Pants An alphabet code activity!
  • Rader's Biology 4 Kids Learn how to learn from plants using the kid-friendly explanations, hands-on activities, and plant species slide show on this site geared to the next generation of plant biologists
  • The Great Plant Escape  Help Detective Leplant and his partners Bud and Sprout solve six mysteries of plant life. Spanish versions also available.
  • The Plant Kingdom This is a great website with basic information about plants and plant life. Easy to understand and good illustrations.
  • Veg-A-Sketch This is a fun and basic method to illustrate principles of how light affects plant traits! This kit is for the classroom and can be distributed to students (at no cost!) in order to promote a better understanding of plant/light relationships.
  • Winter Holiday Songs for Plant Science Sing, "Plant Cells, Oh Plant Cells"


Online Curriculum & Resources

  • A Classroom beyond Boundries - online plant physiology class A Classroom beyond Boundries - online plant physiology class
  • Adventures of the Agronauts Adventures of the Agronauts is an online science curriculum for elementary-aged students with an overarching theme: how can we grow plants on the Moon? Children become "Agronauts in Training" and complete six different standards-based lessons towards the final goal of growing plants on the Moon. Teacher resources are included. Glossary contains some movies that demonstrate concepts. Some career information too. Developed at North Carolina State University through the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Gravitational Biology.
  • Building with Biology The Building with Biology project is a community dedicated to developing innovative resources, practices and processes to build the capacity of the field to use public engagement with science activities to extend STEM learning about synthetic biology. Through collaboration with informal science education institutions and partnering scientists, a physical Building with Biology kit of hands-on activities and programs has been developed to create conversations among publics and scientists about synthetic biology.
  • InformED InformED is a portal to new ideas for eLearning and Education Technology. The blog (hosted by Open Colleges) aims to help you ‘unearth the best study tips and trends in virtual education; knock on the door of digital classrooms; and collaborate with others in online learning, no matter where on earth they are.
  • PlantingScience.org A free online resource to teachers and schools that provides volunteer scientists, resources, and activities to support next generation science learning. Working together in small teams with support from a scientist mentor, your students will have the unique chance to get to know a scientist and expand their skillset at the same time.
  • Knowplants.org This repository for on-line plant science education resources leads to photos & video images, databases, web directories, and a plethora of teaching materials.
  • Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) Works with teachers, schools and colleges to promote plant science and molecular biology within the curriculum. Their approach helps young people to become more aware of the importance of plants in the global economy, and to encourage more of them to follow careers in plant science and molecular biology. SAPS currently is a project of the University of Cambridge and coordinates with the university's Botanic Garden.


Plant Science Literacy

  • Biology and Plant Biology Books This site contains many books on Biology, Botany, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology and other Health Sciences topics. Each of these categories contain many books and resources and these are highly beneficial for teachers and students of Health and Biology professionals. Some of the resources in this section can be viewed online and some of them can be downloaded. Regards, Rakesh Web Master Free Book Centre
  • Do You Speak Plant? The English language is a verdant garden of words and phrases rooted in plants. Use these 7 evergreen guidelines to help students cultivate vocabulary, communication skills, and critical thinking for their narrative writing and science literacy. Suitable for middle school & up.
  • Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education ASPB members have the opportunity to submit science education articles and subscribe to the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (JNRLSE), a peer-reviewed journal written by and for educators in the life sciences, natural resources, and agriculture disciplines. The American Society of Agronomy publishes JNRLSE once a year in printed format and/or CD-ROM, and continuously in electronic format for educators in extension, university, industry, administration, and grades K-16. To subscribe or submit a manuscript, visit: www.jnrlse.org.
  • My Life as a Plant An activity & coloring book for plant biology! Sally Sunflower and her pals lead readers into a fun first foray through the 12 principles of plant biology. Youngsters will enjoy a variety of explorations to better understand the world of plants. Perfect for PreK-2 and emergent readers; enjoyed by all ages. The 12 principles align with Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Picture Books for Plant Biology Success with science requires mastering science content and processes. It also demands literacy for learning and communicating. When science content and language mastery are explored in unison, both skill sets flourish (see research recap), with the language used to learn and communicate science. Picture books foster success at all levels of learning readiness and across learning styles. Book art gives sophisticated visual examples and new perspectives on complicated, abstract concepts. Images spur interest in reading new vocabulary and gaining deeper, wider knowledge.
  • Resources to Support Student Use of Primary Literature


Scholarships & Professional Development

  • Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Evidence-based science curricula and professional development
  • Career Day Powerpoint Know more careers in Plant Biology!
  • Career Guidance to Study in India & Abroad College admissions-college scholarships to study abroad or in India. Get career guidance, admissions, earn college scholarship & get discovered by top colleges of India & abroad!
  • Educational Programs at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Student field trips, family festivals, teacher workshops, science nights, ecology clubs, environmental education camps, and a diverse array of adult symposia and workshops serve thousands of participants each year. From our youngest learners, participating in Sweet Pea Club and school field trips, to our life-long learners pursuing Certificates in Native Plants or attending informal trail walks—our programs address the need to understand and care for the environment.
  • How to Grow a Plant Biologist? Look at this Career Tree and find out!
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Expand your knowledge on plant and fungal science from the world's best experts. We offer programmes for schools, higher education and vocational training.
  • Virginia Native Plant Society The Society's programs emphasize public education, protection of endangered species, habitat preservation, and encouragement of appropriate landscape use of native plants. Click to find acres of information about invasive plant sites, native plant societies, and many general plant links.
  • Vision and Change Project Locator The Vision and Change Project Locator offers program models, data, and inspiration to help you improve undergraduate biology education on your campus. Projects can be searched via multiple menus including: - Applicable Courses (e.g. Bioinformatics, Genetics, Plant Biology & Botany) - Course Levels (ranging from biology for future science educators, to non-majors, to upper division coursework) 


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