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Below is a sample breakdown of the Plant Growth and Reproduction chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Alternation of Generations: The Gametophyte and Sporophyte; |
A Moss Life Cycle: Dominant Gametophyte
| The differences between the haploid and diploid stages; |
The various uses for moss and the alternation of generations in moss
|Tuesday|| A Fern Life Cycle: Plant Reproduction Without Flowers or Seeds; |
A Gymnosperm Life Cycle: Reproduction of Plants with 'Naked Seeds'
| A look at how fern spores produce gametes; |
An examination of how gymnosperms produce microspores and megaspores
|Wednesday|| An Angiosperm Life Cycle: Flowering Plant Reproduction; |
Tropisms: Phototropic, Geotropic and Thigmotropic Plant Growth
| How flowering plants progress through the life cycle; |
The ways in which plants react to external stimuli
|Thursday|| Photoperiodicity: Short-Day, Long-Day and Day-Neutral Plants; |
Seasonal Growth Cycles: Perennial, Annual and Biennial Plants
| Various classifications of photoperiodic plants; |
The differences between these types of flowers and their survival rates
|Friday||Plant Hormones: Chemical Control of Growth and Reproduction||A look at the hormones that are produced by plants, roots and stems|
1. Alternation of Generations: The Gametophyte and Sporophyte
Even though many plants seem simple, they often have very complex life cycles. We will look at how plants alternate between different life stages as well as the terms used to describe these unique points in their life cycle.
2. A Moss Life Cycle: Dominant Gametophyte
Mosses are unique because they spend most of their lives with only one set of genetic material rather than the normal two sets. We will look at this cycle and how the alternation of generations takes place in these non-vascular plants.
3. A Fern Life Cycle: Plant Reproduction Without Flowers or Seeds
Ferns are able to reproduce without using seeds. We will look at how ferns reproduce as well as the pattern of alternating between diploid and haploid life stages.
4. A Gymnosperm Life Cycle: Reproduction of Plants with 'Naked Seeds'
Some plants, such as pine trees, are able to reproduce with unprotected seeds. We will look at the major structures involved in this form of alternation of generations in gymnosperms.
5. An Angiosperm Life Cycle: Flowering Plant Reproduction
When you think of how plants reproduce, you probably think of flowers. We will look at how flowering plants use specialized reproductive structures to complete an alternation of generations life cycle.
6. Tropisms: Phototropic, Geotropic and Thigmotropic Plant Growth
Animals aren't the only things that can respond to the environment. While plants may seem inanimate at times, they, too, can respond to the environment in order to better survive.
7. Photoperiodicity: Short-day, Long-day and Day-Neutral Plants
Ever wonder why some plants will bloom in the spring but others in the summer? The length of daylight can influence when a flower will bloom. We will look at how the amount of sunlight regulates when plants produce flowers.
8. Seasonal Growth Cycles: Perennial, Annual and Biennial Plants
We continue to grow and change throughout our entire lives, living through many seasons and years. Plants have different patterns of growth and development regarding seasons, which we will look at in this lesson.
9. Plant Hormones: Chemical Control of Growth and Reproduction
We most often think of hormones as things that control our actions and development. However, even plants have these chemicals to help regulate growth and reproduction.
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