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Learn concepts of trait heredity observing varieties of apples and onions. Lesson includes testing apple ripeness activities.

Students will discover traits in offspring come from parents and offspring from the same parents have different combinations of traits. This will be done through the analysis of images of two parent plants with completely different traits and 18 offspring plants resulting from the crossing of the two parents. Lesson provided in collaboration with Barleyworld, OSU, barleyworld.org/main/education.

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Exploring Aquaponics

120 min lesson

The students will identify the basic needs of plants and fish and engineer, assemble, maintain, and observe a small-scale aquaponics system that meets plant and fish needs.

Students will explore the costs associated with their desired futuristic lifestyle while identifying potential agricultural careers available to them in Oregon that align with their interests.

From Wheat to Macaroni

60 min lesson

Students will discover that pasta comes from wheat and use pasta to complete several fun math activities.

Garden in a Glove

60 min lesson

This simple lesson gives students an opportunity to investigate and observe how a seed sprouts.

Explore the production of apples and the process of grafting. Students will be introduced to several varieties of apples and learn that each apple was grafted specifically for its genetic traits and resulting characteristics.

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Grow a Bean in a Bag

20 min lesson

Students grow a bean in a bag with water beads representing the basic elements plants need to grow and thrive.

Growing Bracelets

60 min lesson

Apples to Oregon, written by Oregon author Deborah Hopkinson, is a delightful tall tale containing the best elements of a good “whopper.” After reading the book, students make “growing” bracelets and learn about the basic elements plants really need to grow and thrive.

Hungry Plants

90 min lesson

Students will discover that plants, like humans, need an adequate amount of nutrients to grow and stay healthy. Plants require 16 chemical elements for growth and development. Some nutrients come from the air while others are taken from the soil. It’s important to test soil regularly to determine if there are enough nutrients to support plant growth. The soil test kit will help students identify whether the soil sample is fertile or deficient in nutrients. Keep in mind that all plants need nutrients, but requirements vary depending on the type of crop, shrub, tree, etc.

Check out our Testing Soil Nutrients N-P-K Lesson for math applications associated with this topic!