Plants

Building a Garden in a Day: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Believe it – you can build a garden in a single day. In this second video of the How-to-Garden series, you will see that creating a garden doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following these guidelines, you will build a productive and healthy garden from the ground-up in just a few hours. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

Chapter 5: Egyptians and Veneering | Raw to Ready: Bentley

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This chapter of Raw to Ready: Bentley highlights the refined beauty of the wood interior of the Bentley Mulsanne. Veneering is a technique that was developed by ancient Egyptians to preserve the rare and valued ebony tree and is still used today. A look inside the factory reveals the painstaking attention to detail used to create the luxury interior.

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

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In this STEM activity from Cyberchase, students learn that plants can be used to help reduce indoor air pollution and make the air healthier to breathe. In the accompanying classroom activity, they use ratios and estimation to determine the number of plants needed to decrease the indoor air pollution in a room.

Extend the learning with the related Cyberchase at-home activity Design Your Own Plant Superhero.

Classifying Leaves

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In this video segment from Teaching Elementary Life Science, teacher Gail Gibson works with her first-grade students on an activity classifying leaves according to physical characteristics such as color, relative size, or texture. Gibson explains that in this activity students get to compare, observe, and evaluate their own work and each other’s work. She also says that the skills and attitudes she’s developing in her students are helping to build their confidence in their ability to understand science and learn more about what they don’t already know.

Nature Cat | Hooray It's Arbor Day

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While celebrating Arbor Day and their love for trees over in the forest, a heavy wind blows Squeeks’ favorite climbing tree halfway over. It’s up to Nature Cat and his pals to try and save the tree for Squeeks, for all the critters that live in the tree, and for Arbor Day!

Dinosaur Train | Conifers

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In this Dinosaur Train video clip, Dr. Scott identifies ancient conifers, pinecone-bearing trees, that have been here since the Cretaceous era.

Acorns Count!

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The acorn is not only a symbol of fall, the nuts are a baseline indicator of the current and future health of the forest ecosystem.  US Forest Service researchers studying acorns find a bounty of acorns indicates healthy trees and a plentiful food supply for the creatures that form the base of the forest food chain.

Indiana Expeditions | Planting the Herbaceous Layer

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This instructional video shows us how to plant the lowest layer of a forest.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

This instructional video shows us how to plant the lowest layer of a forest.

Root Systems of Trees at the Congaree Swamp

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In this video segment from NatureScene, learn about the structural adaptations of trees like the cypress and tupelo to the floodplain environment in the Congaree Swamp. These adaptations, such as modified roots, swollen bases, and shallow root systems, allow them to deal with lack of oxygen and flooding for prolonged periods.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

DragonflyTV | Camp Clear Creek

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Meet up with a group of California middle school students, the Explorers, at the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center. DragonflyTV follows them on a nature hike in Angeles National Forest where they learn about different plant communities. What do "riparian" and "chaparral" mean? Find out!

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