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The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire 
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Growing Curiosity in the Classroom

How does a seed turn into a fruit? Why do flowers wilt? Do plants eat dirt? Dig into the science behind the buds, sprouts, and shoots we see all around us with these interactive and engaging resources from PBS LearningMedia!

Digital Resources

Keep things FRESH in the classroom with these resources from PBS LearningMedia:

How Do Plants Get Energy? Grades 3-12
All life must have nourishment to live and grow. But what do plants eat? Investigate the earliest scientific hypotheses and our present-day understanding of photosynthesis.

Life Cycle of a Seed Plant, Grades 6-12
Drag and drop the steps of the apple tree's life cycle into the correct order. In this interactive, you'll learn about all the life cycle stages of a flowering seed plant.

Biome in a Baggie, Grades K-8
Water cycle: Using simple supplies, you can create a self-contained biome. Observe the water cycle and experiment with how plants grow in different environments.

Scientist Profile, Grades 4-6
What if it was your job to figure out how to grow plants in space? Liz Stryjewski is a microscopist at the Kennedy Space Center and she is investigating just that.

Nature Life Cycle, Grades PreK-1
The Nature Trackers hunt for buttercup flowers after Tiny's favorite flower dies. Understand how everything in nature changes because of the life cycle.

Johnny Appleseed, Grades 5-12
Meet the real Johnny Appleseed and learn about his cultivation techniques. Discover why every apple seed produces a completely different apple, and learn how grafting is used to clone apples.

Professional Development

Develop content knowledge while learning about effective strategies to enhance your teaching of life science concepts. Course begins Wednesday, March 28:

SCIE500: Teaching Elementary Life Science - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston, Grades K-4

Visit PBS TeacherLine for the full course catalog.

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"The Fonz" to Visit CTL
Mar. 16-17 / New York City
Planning to attend A Celebration of Teaching and Learning this year? If so, get the inside scoop on the new book series, "Ghost Buddy" with co-author Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame. See the full list of speakers by clicking here. The celebration kicks off this Friday - sign up today!

See what Mom Says
Mar. 20 / 1PM, EST
Join Emily McKhann cofounder of online community for moms, The Motherhood, for a LIVE talk with guests from PBS Education about PBS LearningMedia and classroom technology. Click here to join the online discussion.

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