In What Plants Need, students are genomics explorers who must revive a dying plant and help it thrive by adjusting the contents of its ambient light, local atmosphere, and soil contents. In the digital plant lab, students can learn how different colors of light affect photosynthesis; how the composition of gases surrounding its leaves makes a difference for plant growth; and how soil contamination can affect the plant's viability. They can also explore what's going on inside the plant's cellular organelles for each environmental scenario they test out. This interactive teaching tool promotes critical thinking and boosts problem-solving skills as students consider the importance of healthy ecosystems in which plant life can thrive. We recommend using this interactive to help students of varying grade levels understand an array of biology topics such as plant environments, light reaction, photosynthesis, DNA transcription, and glycolysis.
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online science interactive to explore how a plant's environmental conditions affect its growth and development. Students work in teams to adjust the resources the plant receives and view the results. They will learn what happens to plants in green light, or if different gases are present in the atmosphere. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »