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  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well Aligned with NGSS Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well-Aligned with NGSS Teachers have relied on Wisconsin Fast Plants® for over 25 years. A new way of planting them and Fast Plants’ enduring classroom benefits make them ideal for addressing current standards. Dr Hedi Baxter Lauffer, director of the Fast Plants® program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gives you the details. View »
  • Heredity and Ecosystems: NGSS Activities for 3-D and Phenomena-Based Learning NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts are applied to the DCIs of Heredity and Ecosystems in two, hands-on activities. View »
  • Getting Ready for Butterflies The painted lady butterfly is one of the most popular insects for classrooms. See how easy it is to care for these beautiful insects and learn some creative ideas for hands-on activities. View »
  • Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? What happens when fall arrives that transforms green leaves into a vibrant display of colors? And why do we see red leaves in some parts of the country but not in others? The answer is “more than meets the eye.” View »
  • Snakeheads Invade the United States Teach your students about the challenges nonnative species pose by focusing on a current example, the northern snakehead fish. Native to China, Russia, and Korea, this fish has established breeding populations in several states. Find out how this might have happened and what scientists are doing about it. View »
  • Hormone-Induced Parthenocarpy in Rapid-Cycling Brassica Rapa Test 3 plant hormones/growth regulators for their ability to produce parthenocarpy (induction of seedless fruits) in Fast Plants. View »
  • Pollinating Wisconsin Fast Plants To produce seeds, plants must be pollinated with a stick or wand. Coss-pollination is also necessary. View »
  • How Snakes Lost Their Legs: An Introduction to Evolutionary Development and Gene Regulation Snakes with legs? Fossil, embryological, and genetic evidence support the view that ancestors of modern snakes had legs. Introduce students to the concepts of cell differentiation, mutation, and gene regulation in this engaging context of evolutionary development. View »
  • Hydroponics Using a nutrient-rich water solution and a unique, time-tested approach, you can successfully grow plants with no soil. In a hydroponic system, water does the work. Find out more about this fascinating method and the advantages that make it both appealing and effective. View »
  • Natural Selection in 50 Minutes Help your students understand why common misconceptions about natural selection aren't true using some craft store beads, our instructions, and 50 minutes. View »
  • Bees, Butterflies, and Flowers Introduce your students to the symbiotic relationships between these organisms and to their impact on our food supply and environment. Carolina product developer Brent Atkinson offers background information, a brief discussion of each relationship, and tips for using your schoolyard to attract and sustain pollinating insects. View »
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