As a high school Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach phenology and phenological events like fruit production.
This lesson plan enables students to understand phenology and phenological events in plants. Environmental factors such as precipitation patterns, photoperiod, and temperature affect the timing of the first blooms and fruit setting for the formation of fruit. This lesson plan shows the relationship between climate and phenological events using the example of the timing of fruit production in wild strawberries. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in the Biological Sciences.
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Use this lesson plan to help your students find answers to:
- What is phenology?
- What are phenophases?
- How do various environmental factors affect the timing of fruit production in plants?
- Do changes in the timing of fruit production affect the overall yield of fruit crops?
- How do phenological variations affect the food chain in an ecosystem?
- What is the impact of climate change on plant phenology?
About Lesson Plan
|Grade Level||High school|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||
|Location||North America, USA, New England|
|Video and associated reading (~20 min)||A short video to introduce phenology and an associated reading to briefly describe the history of phenological studies, its significance in living ecosystems and how climate change affects plant phenology.|
|A classroom activity to explore data on the timing of fruit production and length of fruiting in wild strawberries plants over successive years.|
Here is a step-by-step guide to using this lesson plan in the classroom/laboratory. We have suggested these steps as a possible plan of action. You may customize the lesson plan according to your preferences and requirements.
|1||Topic introduction and discussion||
|2||Explore further using a data set||
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