To know a plant, grow a plant!
Here's a question we received today and will share here--along with the response--for others who may have similar questions about getting started with Fast Plants for teaching genetics concepts:
Hello,I am in my first year of teaching as an 8th grade science teacher. I am interested in doing an activity with fast plants to do genetic studies with my class this winter but I do not know where to start. I looked through the resources online and the activity that seemed to be most in line with the Ohio content standards was the one titled "who's the father monohybrid cross." I would like to do this activity or one like it but I just don't know where to go from there. There are so many products to choose from and I don't really know what I need. I would ideally like to start this activity after Christmas break and therefore would like to order items right away so that I can try the activity myself before I have my students do it.Any help with steering me to a product/resource would be greatly appreciated.I already have a lighting system for the plants but everything else I will have to purchase with my classroom funds.
Thank you for you quick reply to my inquiry. I am going to proceed with purchasing the kit for the "who's the father" activity. Both of the resources you directed me to seemed to lead me to the same conclusion. I am ordering them today and using my own light banks. I would be interested in hearing from others who used this activity for the monohybrid application just to get ideas.
Thanks again for your help,