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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Big Ideas in Evolution Made Simple—Cosmos and Yeast Respiration Help your students understand the Big Ideas in evolution through hands-on investigations and the 2014 TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Science teacher Matthew Bostick presents background information, suggests several ideas for hands-on investigations, and offers follow-up questions to tie together some of the Big Ideas. View »
  • Population Genetics and Evolution: Asking the Right Questions AP® Biology: It’s a question of shifting population genetics! Apply the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium model with Wisconsin Fast Plants® and independent student research. See a sample student question sheet from our featured kit’s activities. View »
  • How Animals Survive Over Winter We humans survive cold winter temperatures with hats, coats, and gloves or by staying indoors. But other organisms have developed different ways to deal with frigid weather. Add relevance to your students’ study of homeostasis with this article about animal behavior during winter. View »
  • Answering Questions about Mammalian Reproductive Cycles What does it mean to “breed like rabbits”? Answering your students’ questions about mating and reproduction can be challenging. Understanding the concepts of mammalian reproduction is key for broader discussions of evolution, biodiversity, ecology, and animal behavior. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Pollinating Wisconsin Fast Plants To produce seeds, plants must be pollinated with a stick or wand. Coss-pollination is also necessary. View »
  • Photosynthesis Modeling with Pop Beads While studying photosynthesis, students can have difficulty understanding how the carbon in CO2 becomes the carbon in glucose. Use this activity to clarify the process. View »
  • Turkeys and Their Domestication If you’re like most Americans, you look forward to eating turkey on Thanksgiving every year. How has the demand for turkey on Thanksgiving impacted the life of this bird? View »
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