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Chapter 1 - Plants and Animals

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Unit A - Plants and Animals

  • Chapter 1 - Plants

how do plants grow and change?

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Hands-on Activity

Make an Ecosystem Diorama

Now you can gaze at your favorite museum diorama anytime you want, night or day. Grab your crayons, and create a shoe-box replica of A Wading Bird Rookery, The Olympic Rain Forest, or A Giant Cactus Forest.

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Activity

Nature Explorations

No matter what the weather or season, you can explore nature with these 11 challenges. See just how good your observation skills are by comparing butterflies, leaves, reptiles, fish, and more. Then record your own observations in a field journal.

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Activity

Make Your Own Biodiversity Stationery

Honor extinct animals, send a desert snapshot, or let an emperor scorpion deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files. 

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Article

Global Grocery

Have you ever wondered what gives chocolate its flavor? Or where olive oil comes from? You might be surprised to learn just how far some of the items in your shopping bag have traveled.

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Plant Ecology

Go beyond the basics of field study—use math and science skills and dig in the dirt! Students learn how to count plants as part of a study of local biodiversity and  calculating biodiversity indexes. 

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Plant Morphology

From leaf margin and arrangement to the parts of a flower and a corn seedling, take an illustrated look at plant morphology with this collection of guides.

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Article

Who Are the Plants?

There are 10 divisions in the plant kingdom. The largest order, flowering plants, has 235,000 species. The smallest, gingkoes, has a single species. Learn more about the orders in the kingdom Plantae.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Saguaro Cactus: From Life to Death

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Journey to the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona with this seventh-grader for an up-close and personal look at the saguaro cactus, which can live about 200 years and grow to be almost 80 feet tall.

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Plant/Arthropod Interactions

Not all arthropods are equal in the eyes of plants. To attract helpful ones and fend off harmful ones, plants use their important chemical and mechanical attributes.

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