Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 1: Monocot versus Dicot Plants
Flowering plants have evolved into two subdivisions known as monocots and dicots. The classification depends on the structure of the plant's leaves. Monocots have leaves with parallel veins that are usually organized in groups of three. Dicots have leaves with veins that branch in netlike structures and are usually organized in groups of four or five. Monocot veins are long and run parallel to one another. Dicot veins are netlike and connected. Each represents a very different type of plant structure. Dicot leaf growth is at the top or leading edge of a leaf, while monocot plants grow from their leaf base. Examples of a monocot plant include a blade of grass and a cornstalk. Examples of ...