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.
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.
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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.
Links to Blight!-related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the date of the last
The Coldest Winter This
passage is for students to read as they complete Reading Historical
Fiction, the English Interdisciplinary Activity in Blight!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.
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
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
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
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.