Plants

Spot on Science | Invasive Plants

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Dr. Emily Rauschert, Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology at Cleveland State University, explains the qualities of invasive plants and how they are harmful to other plants, ecosystems, humans, and the economy. She shares samples of bush honeysuckle, phragmites (common reed), English ivy, and giant hogweed.

SciGirls | Dra. Amelia Merced: Bióloga / Biologist

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Dr. Amelia is a microscopist in Puerto Rico researching plant development and diversity.

NOTE: Video is in Spanish, with subtitles in both Spanish and English.

SciGirls | Asombrosos Arboles 02: Recolección de Datos (Data Collection)

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The SciGirls are collecting data about trees in the city and the forest. They go to the rain forest to measure a tree and look at the plants and animals that live on and around it. The SciGirls will compare this data with what they collected about the tree in the city.

SciGirls | Asombrosos Arboles 03: Análisis de Datos (Data Analysis)

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The SciGirls look at the data they collected from the tree in the city and in the forest. They compare the data they found to see if there are any differences. Additionally the girls look at some photos to understand how old the trees are and find out some surprising information.

SciGirls | Asombrosos Arboles 01: Planear (Plan)

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The SciGirls decide to do an investigation comparing big trees in the city and the forest. They decide to collect data about the size of the tree, the animals they find on the tree, and the plants they can find under the tree. The girls collect their first set of data about a tree in the city.

SciGirls | Asombrosos Arboles 04: Compartiendo (Share)

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After learning about the similarities and differences between trees in the city and in the forest the girls share with their family and friends. The girls want everyone to understand how beneficial trees are to the health of the island they live on.

The Unique Pollination System of the Swamp Milkweed | Iowa Land and Sky

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Dr. Thomas Rosburg, professor of ecology and biology at Drake University, describes the unique pollination and seed dispersal method of the Swamp Milkweed.

MREDI | Farm Simulation

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In this lesson, students will role-play as a Montana farmer and make decisions about crops based on a number of variables. Students will decide which of four major Montana crops (chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, or wheat) to plant at a chosen location. After determining their crops and farming practices, students will assess how their chosen crops fared in the face of these positive and negative events. 

Apples | Valley's Gold

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Learn all about apples and why they are one of the most popular fruits.

KidVision | Indoor Plant Store

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Miss Penny and the KidVision Kids visit Pebble & Vine to learn about indoor plants for the classroom. We find out that plants serve two purposes in the classroom — they are beautiful and they are healthy for our environment.

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