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Plant Masters

Plant Masters. Can you design a plant using only your knowledge of plants, a few basic ecological principles, and a brief list of mysterious plant characteristics? Of course YOU CAN !!!!. In this activity:

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Plant Masters

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  1. Plant Masters Can you design a plant using only your knowledge of plants, a few basic ecological principles, and a brief list of mysterious plant characteristics? Of course YOU CAN !!!!

  2. In this activity: Each group will be given an large envelope with the characteristics of a certain plant listed inside. Each group will use the plant description to construct a small scale 3-dimensional model of the plant using the art supplies provided. (20 minutes) Group members will take digital photos of the final model. Groups will then explain their models in detail (from an ecological perspective). The ‘real’ plant will be revealed to the groups. Each group will download the image of their model to this PowerPoint presentation and answer the corresponding questions/items presented at the end. Project Description: Goal: Students will explore ecological principles such as biodiversity, adaptations, habitats, significance of geography & weather, conservation/preservation,& relationships between plants with humans and other organisms.

  3. Mystery Plant #1 • Massive, jug-shaped trunk for storing large amounts of water • Can live for over 1,000 years • Flowers are white, fruits vary in shape (globular or oval shaped), with purple stamens • Branches are usually found at the crown, spread horizontally, and appear twisted • Tropical Climate

  4. Mystery Plant #2 • Its deep roots penetrate the Earth farther than most plants. • Can survive long periods of drought and famine. • Strong & provides shelter to many animals. • Has a single narrow trunk or branching near the trunk with foliage that appears at the crown – causing an often flat topped appearance. • Leaves are short, grey and hairy • Giraffes are one of only a few animals who can get its leaves directly off of the tree. • Its fruits provide food and nourishment. • Has creamy spherical flower heads

  5. Mystery Plant #3 • Straight, clean trunk (2-4 ft) with a small fairly full crown • Prefers medium moisture • Deciduous leaves that are deep green during the spring/summer • Spreading, horizontal star-shaped leaves • Aromatic • Brown seed balls

  6. Mystery Plant #1 • Native to Africa; Found in Kenya and West Africa • Massive, jug-shaped trunk for storing large amounts of water • Can live for over 1,000 years • Flowers are white, fruits vary in shape (globular or oval shaped), with purple stamens • Branches are usually found at the crown, spread horizontally, and appear twisted • Tropical Climate The Baobab Tree

  7. Mystery Plant #2 • Found in Kenya and on the Africa continent • Its deep roots penetrate the Earth farther than most plants. • Can survive long periods of droughts and famine. • Strong & provides shelter for many animals. • A single narrow trunk or branching near the trunk with foliage that appears at the crown – often causing a flat topped appearance. • Leaves are short, grey and hairy • Giraffes are one of only a few animals who can get its leaves directly off of the tree. • Its fruits provide food and nourishment. • Has creamy spherical flower heads The Acacia Tree

  8. Mystery Plant #3 • Ornamentally cultivated in St. Louis, its primarily found in the Eastern United States • Straight, clean trunk (2-4 ft) with a small fairly full crown • Prefers medium moisture • Deciduous leaves that are deep green during the spring/summer • Spreading, horizontal star-shaped leaves • Aromatic • Brown seed balls The Sweet Gum Tree

  9. WOW, Isn’t it fun being a PLANT MASTER!!! Now, let’s do a little comparing and contrasting.

  10. The Baobab Tree List each of the descriptors and discuss any related adaptations and the advantage of the adaptation. Ex: 1. Massive jug shaped trunk—important because… Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  11. The Baobab Tree Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  12. The Baobab Tree - Inquiries • Why do you think this tree has continued to live on Earth for so many years? Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  13. The Baobab Tree - Inquiries • How is The Baobab Tree important to the environment and or ecosystem? Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  14. Plant Masters… What did you learn from this activity?

  15. The Acacia Tree List each of the descriptors and discuss any related adaptations and the advantage of the adaptation. Ex: • 1. Deep roots—probably helps… Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  16. The Acacia Tree Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  17. The Acacia Tree - Inquiries • Which do you think evolved first, the long Giraffe necks or the tall trunk of the acacia tree and why? Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  18. The Acacia Tree - Inquiries • How is The Acacia Tree important to the environment and or ecosystem? Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  19. Plant Masters… What did you learn from this activity?

  20. The Sweet Gum Tree List each of the descriptors and discuss any related adaptations and the advantage of the adaptation. Ex: • 1. Clean straight trunk—important because … Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  21. The Sweet Gum Tree - Differences Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  22. The Sweet Gum Tree - Inquiries • What are some advantages to the Sweet Gum Tree’s appearance and design? (i.e., color, deciduous, full, etc.) Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  23. The Sweet Gum Tree - Inquiries • What are the advantages of the Sweet Gum tree seed balls? Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  24. The Sweet Gum Tree - Inquiries • Why is the Sweet Gum Tree important to our ecosystem or environment? Insert a Digital Photo of Your Model Here

  25. Plant Masters… What did you learn from this activity?

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