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Blogpost - Overview of Teaching Hands-On Life Science with Fast Plants
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This blog post from the Wisconsin Fast Plants website provides an overview and list of resources for teaching life science topics with Wisconsin Fast Plants. This blog is primarily a point of reference for other Fast Plants teaching resources.

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Biology
Life Science
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Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Blogpost - Overview of Variation and Artificial Selection Investigations with Fast Plants
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This blog post from the Wisconsin Fast Plants website provides an overview and list of resources for teaching about observable variation and measuring selection (focusing on leaf hairs/trichomes). This blog is primarily a point of reference for other Fast Plants teaching resources.

Subject:
Genetics
Life Science
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Reading
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Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Blogpost - Physical Environment: Growing Healthy Fast Plants
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Read this blog post for background information about the relationship between the physical environment and life processes and systems in Fast Plants. Growing healthy Fast Plants is easy if you understand how the environment can affect growth and development. Three broad categories of environmental factors influence how an individual plant matures through its life cycle:  1) the physical environment, 2) the chemical environment, 3) the biological environment. Based on this information about standard conditions for optimal Fast Plants growth, one could easily design a wide variety of controlled experiments. Questions naturally arise while reading about optimal conditions that could be investigated by designing an experiment to how varying one condition affects growth, development and/or reproduction. This blog post is part of a series explaining how key environmental factors "physical, chemical, and biological" can impact the growth of Wisconsin Fast Plants.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
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Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Blogpost - Preservice teachers on the frontline in ending plant blindness
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This blog post on the Fast Plants website discusses the concept of plant blindness (the inability to see or notice the plants in one's own environment) and the importance of ending plant blindness and supporting plant vision. Fast Plants are an effective introduction to growing and noticing plants: to know a plant, grow a plant! This blog post includes links to preservice teacher lesson plans that support plant vision and a botanically-inclined future.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Blogpost - Seed Harvest, Identifying Mature Seeds
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This blog post from the Fast Plants team provides detailed advice and instructions on the ideal timing for harvesting Fast Plants seeds. It is important to harvest at the correct time, to ensure maximum seed viability for planting the next generation. This post addresses several frequently asked questions relating to seed harvest and provides close up pictures of seeds in seedpods to aid in determining the correct time to harvest your plants. Additional content includes details about pollination and biological processes related to fertilization of a flower.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Jackson Hetue
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Blogpost - Teaching with the Fast Plants Life Cycle
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This blog post from the Wisconsin Fast Plants website describes the value of using Fast Plants as a model organism to teach plant life cycles at multiple grade levels. Content includes an overview of plant growth stages (including videos) and links to resources and activities that can enrich teaching and learning about the plant life cycle as your Fast Plants grow and develop.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Blogpost - Three mistakes to avoid for growing healthy Fast Plants
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This blog post from the Wisconsin Fast Plants Team describes three ways to optimize your growing environment to grow healthy Fast Plants. Tips for growing healthy plants are focused around the following three concepts, with descriptions of ideal environmental conditions for each: 1. Not enough light for healthy Fast Plants 2. Temperature too cold or too hot for healthy Fast Plants 3. Healthy Fast Plants need healthy roots

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Constructing and Planting Fast Plants in a Deli-containter Growing System
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Illustrated instructions for constructing and planting in the Fast Plants deli-container growing system. This is a stable growing system that is easy to construct for all age learners, and works well for growing Wisconsin Fast Plants. Made from recycled deli-containers, these growing systems can be cleaned and reused for multiple years.

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Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation
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This 16-page resource, from Wisconsin Fast Plants, provides a "complete Open Source investigation into ecosystem dynamics that can be adapted to any grade level." In this Google Document, readers will find the investigation includes a lesson plan, descriptions of standards alignment, tips for designing and implementing the experiment, Fast Plants planting protocol (instructions), as well as worksheets for data collection and developing evidence-based explanations.

Subject:
Ecology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Exploring and explaining germination, growth and development
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A 32-page booklet, containing complete instructions for activities at each life cycle stage. The booklet also includes important background information about plant physiology and how to grow Fast Plants. A Growth, Development and Reproduction kit is available. You can also conduct all the investigations explained in the booklet using seeds from a packet of Standard Wisconsin Fast Plants seeds (or seeds from Fast Plants you grow yourself) and your own potting mix and growing system. Either way, you'll need to plan for providing adequate light. Learn about all these factors in the How to Grow files on this website.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
F1 Non-Purple Stem - Seed Variety Description
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This is a page on the Fast Plants website, describing the F1 Non-Purple Stem variety of Fast Plants (Brassica rapa). This page includes suggestions for investigations and teaching applications using this seed variety, including use as a model organism in teaching Mendelian genetics with a monohybrid cross.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
F1 Non-Purple Stem, Yellow-Green Leaf - Seed Variety Description
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This is a page on the Fast Plants website, describing the F1 Non-Purple Stem, Yellow-Green Leaf variety of Fast Plants (Brassica rapa). This page includes suggestions for investigations and teaching applications using this seed variety, including use as a model organism in teaching Mendelian genetics with a dihybrid or monohybrid cross.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
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Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
F1 Rosette-Dwarf, Non-Purple Stem - Seed Variety Description
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This is a page on the Fast Plants website, describing the F1 Rosette-Dwarf, Non-Purple Stem variety of Fast Plants (Brassica rapa). This page includes suggestions for investigations and teaching applications using this seed variety, including use as a model organism in teaching Mendelian genetics with a dihybrid or monohybrid cross.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
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Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
F2 Non-Purple Stem - Seed Variety Description
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This is a page on the Fast Plants website, describing the F2 Non-Purple Stem variety of Fast Plants (Brassica rapa). This page includes suggestions for investigations and teaching applications using this seed variety, including use as a model organism in teaching Mendelian genetics with a monohybrid cross.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
F2 Non-Purple Stem, Yellow-Green Leaf - Seed Variety Description
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This is a page on the Fast Plants website, describing the F2 Non-Purple Stem, Yellow-Green Leaf variety of Fast Plants (Brassica rapa). This page includes suggestions for investigations and teaching applications using this seed variety, including use as a model organism in teaching Mendelian genetics with a dihybrid or monohybrid cross.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
F2 Rosette-Dwarf, Non-Purple Stem - Seed Variety Description
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This is a page on the Fast Plants website, describing the F2 Rosette-Dwarf, Non-Purple Stem variety of Fast Plants (Brassica rapa). This page includes suggestions for investigations and teaching applications using this seed variety, including use as a model organism in teaching Mendelian genetics with a dihybrid or monohybrid cross.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Farming Fast Plants
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This Farming Fast Plants activity introduces a classroom investigation that is easily adaptable for all grade levels and designed to engage teachers and students as investigators. The activity has the practical outcome of producing an abundant supply of Fast Plants seed for future classroom use and for sharing with other teachers. The central question of the activity is "How many seeds can your students produce from each seed planted?

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Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Fast Plants Care
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This four-page handout explains the key steps to follow when caring for Wisconsin Fast Plants (Brassica rapa) throughout their life cycle, from sowing through harvesting seeds. This handout includes information about the materials needed, methods for tending and caring for your plants, and troubleshooting tips.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Generalized Artificial Selection Fast Plants Schedule
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This fill-in-the-blank timeline is a planning tool for teachers to use when figuring out when to begin the steps associated with conducting a two-generation artificial selection experiment using Fast Plants. Teachers preparing for any selection experiment will find this timeline helpful, including those planning for the AP Biology Lab 1 of Big Idea 1: Evolution, Artificial Selection.

Subject:
Genetics
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Getting Acquainted with a Seed
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Description: In this activity students become acquainted with the anatomy and biology of seeds. They will use lenses and scales and make drawings to scale. Students will measure and calculate magnifications and they will begin to understand relationships among these. They will organize and summarize their data and, as they do so, they will be developing the understanding and skills needed to undertake more detailed investigations on the biology and reproduction of Fast Plants. Learning Objectives This activity is designed to strengthen students' observational and quantitative skills. In participating in this activity students will: - learn to use magnifying lenses, microscopes and dissecting tools for detailed observation" - measure scales with rulers" - draw to scale, with accuracy and precision to understand scale and magnification" - learn features of the external anatomy of seeds that are associated with certain features of the internal anatomy of seeds" and - estimate the amount of water required to be taken up by seeds in order to initiate germination.

Subject:
Botany
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023