Botany: Plant Dissection

In this lab, we will learn about the structure and function of plants, and how plants are useful in our everyday lives.

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Key Concepts:
  • Plants have been on Earth for hundreds of millions of years!
  • Most plants are made up of roots, stems, leaves, which are important for plant growth, and flowers and fruits, which are part of the plant reproductive system.
  • We use plants in almost every aspect of our lives, including food, clothing, medicine, and more.
  • Plants have different adaptations to help them to survive in different environments.
  • A computer with internet access
  • Flowers (at least 3 kinds)
  • Dried lima beans
  • Soaked lima beans (16-24 hours in water)
  • Hand lens / magnifying glass
  • Paper plates or paper towels (one per student)
  • Fruits / vegetables (artichoke, broccoli, etc – number / variety is flexible)
  • Plastic knives (one per student)
  • Optional: Venus flytrap, seed burrs, maple seed “helicopters” (see what you can find)
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