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Blight!

Event-Based Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about those topics.

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Blight!Blight! is an Event-Based Science module about plants. It uses the 1845 potato famine in Ireland, to establish the context for exploring concepts related to plants and plant diseases. The task in Blight! brings the study of plants up to date and much closer to home. It makes your students producers of television programs about different plants and the diseases that effect them.

 

NSTA recommends Blight!

 

Blight! has a remote-sensing activity sponsored by NASA.



NEW ACTIVITY AVAILABLE

"Managing a Pest"

The Event-Based Science Project has just posted an alternate Blight! science activity on our Web site. Managing a Pest is an activity that may be used as an additional activity by students who are completing our Blight! module. It also may be used by anyone as an introduction to integrated pest management.


As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that students need is provided in the pages of Blight!. However, more information is needed. Specific information about plants, plant diseases, and disease-causing organisms is available at the World-Wide Web sites below. Click on the highlighted words and be linked with sites where this helpful information can be found.


Blight Resources

A "pdf" file containing web sites, books, material lists, and correlations with National Science Education Standards.
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Links to Blight!-related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the date of the last update.)

  • The Coldest Winter This passage is for students to read as they complete Reading Historical Fiction, the English Interdisciplinary Activity in Blight!From The Ireland Story by Wesley Johnston This passage is reprinted here by permission of Oxford University Press.
  • Plant Anatomy refers to the description of the structure and parts of a plant. There are some standard terms that are used to describe leaves, stems, flowers, roots, etc.
  • What is Photosynthesis?  A list of articles on photosynthesis, courtesy of Arizona State University. Some articles are geared to elementary and middle school, while other articles are appropriate for college students. Learn about photosynthetic pigments, preparing starch slides, and how photosynthesis rates are measured in nature.
  • Seeds in Space Scientists hope that an unusual experiment slated for launch on the space shuttle this summer will reveal how plants know up from down.
  • Precision Farming Land Management For farmers and land managers, increasing crop yields and cutting costs while reducing environmental pollution is a constant challenge. To accomplish this goal, many farm managers are looking for new technologies to help them decide when and where to irrigate, fertilize, seed crops, and use herbicides. Recent technological advances in geographic information systems (GIS) and computer modeling are playing a part in farm management and precision farming. Using data collected by satellites, important agricultural factors like plant health, plant cover and soil moisture can be monitored from space, providing a much bigger picture of the land surface that can be combined with other technologies to help cut costs and increase crop yields.
  • Ideas for Science Fair Projects Here is a list of questions that might help suggest science fair projects related to photosynthesis. The details are left to the students to work out as the purpose is not to do the work for the students, but to get them thinking about their projects.

Late Blight From APSnet
Potato Late Blight From APSnet

  • Video - An Old Irish Folk Song about the Irish Potato Famine

 

Fighting Famine- A Video from USA Today

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