Monday, February 22, 2016

Fast Plant Data

We are collecting data on our fast plants. Use the form in Google Classroom to describe the traits in your plants!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Photosynthesis & Light

Today we used our red filters to decode the hidden messages in our color coded mosaics.
How is this related to leaves and photosynthesis?

Which frequencies of light are reflected and absorbed by leaves?  How do they capture this energy?  What do they do with it in the process of photosynthesis?

We are modeling the leaf structure and diagramming the flow of molecules and energy through a leaf, explaining the mind-blowing magic of photosynthesis, turning air and water into the molecules that make up all of us!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Plants without Seeds and Plants with Seeds

Last week we examined closely how seedless plants get nutrients and transport them in their tissues to produce energy.  We looked closely at the structures that have helped them to adapt on land after comparing them to ancestral forms of algae. We compared and contrasted mosses and ferns in lab, both of whom use spores for reproduction.  On Friday, we started growing our own seed plants.

This week we are looking at the germinated sprouts and examining what is in a seed!  Bring your curiosity and powers of observation to class daily!