The skill of Making Connections involves the process of connecting prior knowledge to new knowledge and experiences. This process allows students to relate what they read, see, do and experience to themselves, to the world around them and/or to other things they have read, seen or experienced previously.
When we measure things, most people are only worried about how accurate, or how close to the actual value, they are. Matt Anticole explains what exactly precision is and how can help us to measure things better.
Without leaves, there would not be life on Earth. Leaf size can vary from the tiniest leaf of the common water fern (Azolla filiculoides) that are just one mm in length, to the largest leaves of the raffia palm (Raphia regalis) measuring 25 meters in length. No matter the size, most leaves are adapted for photosynthesis. This is a very important process where plants convert light energy into sugars and oxygen.
One of the major differences between plants and animals is that plants cannot move from place to place to get away from an unfavourable environment or situation. But this does not mean that plants do not move at all. A tropism is plant movement in response to an external stimulus in the environment.
Explore Research at the University of Florida: Anna-Lisa Paul, a research associate professor of horticultural sciences, explains an aspect of her research in the space biology program.
A tiny, little-understood plant pore has enormous implications for weather forecasting, climate change, agriculture, hydrology, and more.
Stomata (the word stomata means "mouth") are small pores found in the leaves of the plant that helps in gaseous exchange during photosynthesis and respiration.
Did you know that bananas are berries, but strawberries aren’t? A lot of thought goes into classifying fruits and vegetables, and it all has to do with anatomy.
Extreme close-up of germinating tomato seeds.
Animated video offering a good visual introduction to pollination and fertilization, describing the role of the structures involved in these plant processes.
A simple description of the plant processes of pollination and fertilization.
This animation uses a tomato plant to learn about the parts of plants and their function.
A quick and simple, white-board animation of how a plant grows from a seed. The video introduces concepts of germination and photosynthesis. (2:11 min.)
Learn the differences between living and nonliving things. Things which can grow, move, breathe and reproduce are called living things.
A Vocabulary Preview learning strategy is used to help students develop and increase their working vocabulary about a topic or inquiry by providing students the opportunity to identify and familiarize themselves with vocabulary before and during an inquiry or other learning experience.