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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Springtime is the Perfect Time to Teach the Plant Kingdom!

Introduction to the Plant Kingdom
Complete Teaching Unit
(Bundle of Products)

By far, the most popular items in my TpT store are my complete unit plan bundles.  These unit plan bundles contain everything you need to teach a thorough and complete unit to a typical biology or life science class.  All of my unit plan bundles come with a colorful and engaging PowerPoint presentation, notes for the teacher, notes outline for the student, several labs, homework assignments, daily quizzes, crossword puzzles for vocabulary review, review PowerPoints, and a final unit test.

I have just recently completed my latest unit plan bundle.  It is called "Introduction to the Plant Kingdom."  No biology class is complete without a survey of the Kingdom Plantae.  In short, life could not exist on earth without the plants.  Plants are the producers in every food chain.  Plants carry out photosynthesis, producing organic compounds from inorganic compounds.  The plant uses much of this glucose as a source of energy, but a portion of the glucose is passed up the food chain.  This sustains life on earth.  Not only do plants produce food for all heterotrophs, they also provide the oxygen that fills our atmosphere.

Simply put, this is one of the “must-teach” topics in a biology class!

This complete teaching bundle contains 10 separate products bundled into one digital download.  When appropriate, I have included each product as a Word document, and I have also included each product in PDF form.  Each of these products is sold separately in my TpT store, but buying the entire unit in one download will save you money.  If these products were purchased separately, the total cost would be $30.00.  I am selling this bundled package of products for $19.99.

All products have answer keys included.

The bundled unit contains the following.  Details of each product can be found below.
1. A 97-Slide PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student
2. A 130-Slide Review PowerPoint
3. Lab:  Liverworts, Mosses, and Ferns
4. Lab: Transpiration in Plants
5. Lab:  Diversity in the Plant Kingdom (A Living Plant Lab)
6. Homework Question Packet of 99 questions
7. A Set of 3 Quizzes
8. A set of 2 Crossword Puzzles
9. Graphic Organizer Study Aid
10. Unit Test of 100 Questions

Topics covered by this Unit:
1.  Introduction to Plants:  Importance of plants to life on Earth, definition of a plant.
2.  Plant life cycle:  Alternation of generations, sporophyte and gametophyte generations, haploid and diploid phases, the production of spores by meiosis, flow chart showing alternation of generations.
3.  The Transition of Plants to Land:  The algae were the first plants on earth, evidence that algae are the ancestors to the land plants, advantages to a life on land, challenges to a life on land.
4.   Cladogram showing the evolution of mosses, liverworts, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms from ancestral algae.
5.   Traits of the True Land Plants:  Alternation of generations, spores produced by sporangia, multicellular gametangia, apical meristems, vascular tissue, nonmotile gametes, root system, protection from dehydration.
6.   Classification of Land Plants:  Vascular and nonvascular land plants, bryophytes, tracheophytes, seedless plants, seed plants, gymnosperms, angiosperms, monocots and dicots.
7.   Flow chart showing the classification of the land plants.
8.   Bryophytes:  Characteristics of bryophytes, examples of bryophytes, explanation of why the bryophytes are still tied to a watery existence, bryophytes are nonvascular plants, bryophytes have a dominant gametophyte generation.
9.   Example:  The Liverworts.  Characteristics of liverworts, students will draw and label the structures of a liverwort, liverwort life cycle.
10. Example:  The Mosses.  Characteristics of mosses, students will draw and label the structures of a moss, moss life cycle.
11. The Seedless Vascular Plants:  The evolution of vascular tissue, the importance of xylem and phloem, why ferns are classified as seedless vascular plants.
12. Characteristics of ferns, students will draw and label the structures of a fern, fern life cycle.
13. The Seed Plants:  Seed plants are the dominant plants on earth, two groups of seed plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms, the advantage of having a type of reproduction free from water, adaptations seen in the seed plants, cones and flowers, pollen, seeds, the evolution of seed plants.
14. Characteristics of gymnosperms.
15. Characteristics of angiosperms.
16. Comparison of monocots and dicots.

Below I have listed each product with a brief description.  I have included a hyperlink to each individual product.  You can click on the links below to view a complete and thorough description of each product and download a free preview of the product.

Introduction to Plants PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student

It consists of 97 slides that are colorful, informative and visually stimulating.  Pictures and diagrams are included that will greatly enhance your instruction to your students.  This product also includes a set of notes for the teacher (12 pages) and a set of notes in outline form for the student (17 pages).  Graphics, diagrams, clip art, and photographs were chosen to capture the attention of the student as the lesson is being taught.

This product contains 3 quizzes that can be used at various stages as the unit is being taught.   I always break up the content into manageable amounts of study material and give my students several small quizzes on this material prior to the unit test.

This document is a 9-page student worksheet consisting of 99 questions.  As I am teaching my introductory unit on plants, I assign a portion of these questions for homework each night.  This document provides quality homework assignments and ends up being a completed and thorough study guide for the unit test.

This PowerPoint consists of 130 slides of questions and answers and  provides an excellent review for the chapter test.

This is an in depth lab that looks at the structures of mosses, liverworts, and ferns.  You will need quite a few prepared slides to be able to do this lab.   Students are asked to compare Bryophytes to Tracheophytes and will discuss which are truly adapted to life on land and why.

1.  To measure the amount of water lost from the leaves of a plant over a given amount of time.
2.  To calculate the surface area of leaves on a plant.
3.  To calculate the rate of transpiration from the leaf under different environmental conditions.

In this lab, students will circulate through 8 different lab stations.  At each station, the student is required to make a drawing and answer 5 to 8 questions.  The eight stations are as follows:
Station #1  Living Mosses
Station #2  Living Ferns
Station #3  Fern Gametophyte
Station #4  Living Gymnosperm
Station #5  Pine Pollen
Station #6  Living Angiosperm with Flower (dicot)
Station #7  Living Angiosperm (monocot)
Station #8  Fruits

I love crossword puzzles and I use them all the time in my biology classes.  Crossword puzzles are a great way to reinforce and review the many, many vocabulary words covered in a biology class.   Crosswords not only help with strengthening vocabulary, they also provide invaluable spelling practice.

This is a simple study skill graphic organizer that I use with my Biology students to help them prepare for the unit test.  The student will compare and contrast the traits found in liverworts, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms.*NOTE:  This is one of my FREE items in my TpT store.  Even if you do not purchase this unit plan bundle, please download this freebie!!

This unit test has 100 questions.  There are 63 fill in the blank questions, 11 matching questions, and 26 multiple choice questions.

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Happy Teaching!


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