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Elementary Learners, Fast Plants and The Science of Spring

Happy Spring and Hello, Fellow Fast Plant Educators!

You may be interested to know about an online resource for students that was started by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to accompany the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday.

The site is called The Science of Spring, and it includes an easy-to-use "share your observations" feature for students to post and share their seed germination and plant growth observations.

It would be fun to share the great work your students are doing with Fast Plants on this site, and it could provide your learners with a healthy educational opportunity for social networking and collaboration.

Also, if you aren't already familiar with our activity and resource booklet called The Seed Challenge (primarily for elementary learners), you can download a copy from our website at http://www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/seed_challenge.pdf

FYI: Here is an overview of the The Seed Challenge contents:

Introduction to The Seed Challenge
Activity Overview
Teacher Background Information: Getting Started with a Growing System, Growers Calendar, Drawings of Fast Plants during the Life Cycle
Black-line Master and Suggestions for Using Student Plant Journals

Teacher's Guide for Daily Activities: The Seed Challenge
Planting Seeds (Day 0), Germination (Days 1-4), Growth and Development (Days 5-12), Flowering, Pollination, and Fertilization( Days 13-18), Seed Development (Days 19-40)

Supplemental Materials (Ideas and Black-line Masters): Word Match, Word Bank, Seed Sponge Germination Model, Life Cycle Graph, Culminating Activities, Glossary

Sincerely,

The Wisconsin Fast Plants Program Folks

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