Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Coming this summer!

  • Botanical Society of America

    Teaching Section

    Kapelari, Suzanne [1], Sladky-Meraner, Sabine [1], Pistrich, Daniela [1].

    Green stuff - A joint project of schools and botanic gardens to develop evidence based and theory guided learning environments

  • "Botanic Gardens are superb locations for inquiry based science education. Situated in urban areas, they are easily accessible for school classes and particularly appropriate to support teachers and students in doing “hands on science” with living organisms.
    The purpose of this study was to examine and evaluate an integrated plant related education program, which aims to combine formal and non formal learning."

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Developmental and Structural Section

Yang, Chaodong [1], Zhang, Xia [1], Zhou, Cunyu [1], Seago, James L [2].

Root and Stem Anatomy of Four Grasses in the Yangtze River Jianghan Floodplain .

"B[er]mudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides), knotgrass (Paspalum distichum), and limpograss (Hemarthria altissima) are among the grasses which occupy the floodplain of the Jianghan Plain near the Three Gorges Dam along the Yangtze River. We have studied these four species to determine their structural and histochemical root and stem traits for understanding why they are successful in this unique old floodplain."

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Helping Students use a HOT Skills Wheel™ to enhance Higher Order Thinking on Botany (and other Science) Topics


J S Shipman
Kapelari, Suzanne
Stan Rice

Building higher order thinking skills is important to studies in botany. Participants in this symposium will make a H.O.T. Skills Wheel™ and use it in small groups to study some botany so they will have first hand experience to share with their own students.

Participants will also access Plants Cafe and other plant-oriented websites for use in developing lessons.
After trying the wheel for various botany topics, participants will share their experiences. After returning home, participants are encouraged to use the new H.O.T. skills wheels™ with their classes and submit their results for possible publication in text or on the web.

Participants should bring a journal article or portion of text that they would like to incorporate into their H.O.T. Skills Wheel™ lesson, and may bring colored pencils, markers or crayons (6 light colors), other art or music supplies(guitar, if you'd like to use it in your lesson, for example), and a folder.

Participants should be prepared to purchase booklets cost $12.00 each at the workshop.

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