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Garden Genetics: Teaching With Edible Plants
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Tired of teaching genetic concepts with the same old pink petunias and Mendel s peas? With Garden Genetics, you can present core content in ways that are fun for students and fresh for you. This two-part set a teacher edition and companion student edition is adaptable to biology students at all levels, including AP. It uses a series of activities and inquiry-based experiments with familiar foods to teach genetics while helping students make connections to ecology, evolution, plant biology, and even social science. What makes Garden Genetics unique is its emphasis on modern food-plantbased situations. For example, to learn about Punnett s squares, students taste variations in bitterness in cucumber seedlings and then design experiments investigating the surprising role that bitterness plays in protecting plants from insects. To learn about plant breeding, students re-enact a trial in which farmers sued seed companies to compensate for $1 billion in U.S. corn crop losses caused by genetic uniformity. Designed to be flexible, you can use each chapter as a unit or teach the book as a whole. Most important, the innovative content emphasizes the problem-solving skills demanded in today s cutting-edge science classes.
Genre: Gardening
Published: Jun 2005
Publisher: Natl Science Teachers Assn
ISBN13: 9780873552745
ISBN10: 0873552741