Botany Unit Study

When I first put this unit study together for my boys, we were living in Canada. Now we are living in California. My youngest child wanted to study botany this school year, so I pulled out this unit study and have updated it slightly to reflect where we live and what we can do here.

We will use a library book, a few DVDs, lots of Youtube videos, and plenty of time in the dirt. Everything is listed chronologically in the order we plan to do them.

Introduction

Read Introduction pg 6-9 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons

Plant Anatomy

Watch George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

Plant Physiology

Plant Reproduction

Ecology

Kingdom Protista

Kingdom Fungi

Kingdom Plantae

Non-Vascular Land Plants (bryophytes)

Private Life of Plants Video – Seed Travelling

Vascular Land Plants (tracheophytes)

Private Life of Plants Growing

Seed Plants (spermatophytes)

Private Life of Plants Flowering

Angiosperms

Beech Tree
Apple Tree
Peas

Watch The Queen of Trees – 60 minutes

Olive Tree
Grapes
Carnation
Rose
Clover
Alfalfa
Daisy
Cacti
Sweet Potato

Private Life of Plants the Social Struggle http://science.docuwat.ch/videos/?alternative=2&channel_id=0&skip=0&subpage=video&video_id=58

Monocotyledons

Bananas
Bamboo
Orchids
Irises
Agaves
Onions
Gladiolus
Asparagus
Yucca
Coconuts

Private Life of Plants Living Together 

Edible Wild Plants

Morel mushrooms
Blackberries
Pine nuts
Wild chestnuts

Private Life of Plants Surviving

Medicinal Plants

Read Medicinal Plants pg 84-85 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons

Chamomile
Willow bark
Nettles
Aromatic Plants

Read Aromatic Plants pg 86-87 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons

Labiates family: Common mint
Labiates family: Lavender
Labiates family: Basil
Ubellifers family: Wild chervil
Ubellifers family: Anise
Ubellifers family: Carrot
Ubellifers family: Cilantro
Perfume present only in flower: Jasmine
Perfume present only in flower Violet

Plants for Production

Read Plants for Production pg 88-89 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons

Wheat
Rice
Corn
Grapes for wine
Coffee beans
Tea leaves
Cotton
Hemp

Plan and plant a square foot garden.

Watch BBC Life: Plants episode

One Comment:

  1. Home schooling, now officially illegal in the EU(Germany).

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