Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Resources & Presentation Order for Plant Families

More Botany planning and organization notes! I am mostly framing this block around Thomas Elpel's work. We will read portions of Shanleya's Quest and Shanleya's Quest 2: Botany Adventure at the Fallen Tree.


Part I: Shanleya's Quest

Introduction

    "Story Time"
    "The Rain of Time"
    "Soup Bubbles"
    "The Great Tree"
    "Shanleya"


Mints

    featured plants: basil, holy basil, sage, oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, lemon balm, spearmint, apple mint, pineapple mint, lime mint, orange mint, sweet pear mint, ginger mint, chocolate mint, strawberry mint, lavender, rosemary, lamb's ear, summer savory

    Finding Mint Island (Mint Family)
    from Shanleya's Quest by Thomas Elpel

    patterns of the Mint Family illus.

    enjoy candied mint and lemon balm leaves

    The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
    91 - The Flowering Branch / Inflorescence Types (lavender)


Umbellifers / Parsleys

    featured plants: carrot, celery, dill, fennel, parsley, lovage

    SWI < umbrage > and < umbrella >

    The Parsley Guardian (Parsley Family)
    from Shanleya's Quest by Thomas Elpel

    taste fennel microgreens from LEAF

    carrot, p.101
    from Drawing from the Book of Nature by Dennis Klocek

    one of the ways to identify monocots is that they have vascular bundles scattered throughout instead of in a ring just under the skin

    "What Ingredients Will Celery Move to Its Leaves?" experiment on page 46 of The Curious Kid's Science Book by Asia Citro

    it is really important to keep this experiment in the refrigerator or the sugar water will spoil and it won't be safe to taste the celery leaves

    my students got into this experiment and we ended up with a really long list! Solo square base cups are perfect for this because you can write the date, the child's initials, and the ingredient on them easily

      peppermint extract
      vanilla extract
      maple syrup
      Hershey's chocolate syrup
      honey
      olive oil
      Bragg's liquid aminos
      freshly squeezed lemon juice
      peppermint tea
      red food coloring
      blue food coloring
      green food coloring

    The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
    91 - The Flowering Branch / Inflorescence Types (dill)

    72 - Storing Food Reserves / Food Storage Structures (carrot)


Brassiceae / Mustards


Legumes / Peas


Cucurbits / Gourds


Custard Apples


Bromeliads / Pineapples

    featured plant: pineapple

    monocot

    SWI < pineapple > and < pine cone >

    pineapples are usually pollinated by hummingbirds or bats

    The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
    96 - Fleshy Fruit Types (pineapple)

    93 - Pollination / Butterflies, Moths, Bees and Birds

    Hummingbirds documentary narrated by David Attenborough


Asparagus


Amaryllidaceae

    featured plants: onion, shallot, garlic, leek, daffodil, snowdrop

    monocot, biennial

    SWI < onion > and < one >, < garlic > and < leek >

    "Double Take: Plants and Flowers" memory card game
    published by The Orb Factory
    amaryllis

    The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
    91 - The Flowering Branch / Inflorescence Types (onion)

    72 - Storing Food Reserves / Food Storage Structures (onion, garlic)

    13 - Asexual Reproduction / Multicellular Units (onion)


Grasses


Roses

    featured plants: apple, black cherry, hawthorn, plum, strawberry

    Islands of Fruits and Roses (Rose Family, Plum & Apple)
    from Shanleya's Quest by Thomas Elpel

    plum flower, p.112
    apple tree, p.129
    rose, p.137
    paper rose, p.138
    from Drawing from the Book of Nature by Dennis Klocek


    Apples

    by Jacqueline Farmer

    "Double Take: Plants and Flowers" memory card game
    published by The Orb Factory
    rose

    The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
    96 - Fleshy Fruit Types (strawberry, peach, apple, cherry, blackberry)

    91 - The Flowering Branch / Inflorescence Types (strawberry)

    83 - Basic Flower Types (rose, apple)

    71 - Seasonal Changes / Seasonal Organography (apple)

    13 - Asexual Reproduction / Multicellular Units (strawberry)


Urticaceae / Nettles


Asters

    featured plants: dandelion, black-eyed Susan, calendula, chamomile, coreopsis, elecampane, Joe Pye weed, lettuce, marigold, prairie sage, purple coneflower, sunchoke, sunflower, tall boneset, wormwood

    The Aster Archipelago (Aster or Sunflower Family)
    Conclusion

    from Shanleya's Quest by Thomas Elpel

    patterns of the Aster or Sunflower Family illus.

    Patterns in Plants Card Game - especially the Memory Match Game
    published by Hops Press

    "Double Take: Plants and Flowers" memory card game
    published by The Orb Factory
    sunflower, chrysanthemum, painted daisy, transvaal daisy, marigold, aster

    sunflower, p.147
    from Drawing from the Book of Nature by Dennis Klocek

    The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
    91 - The Flowering Branch / Inflorescence Types (sunflower)



Part II: Shanleya's Quest 2

Introduction

    "How Many Pistils Are Squished Together?"
    "A Summer Day"
    "Buttercups and Pistils"


Mallows


Nightshades


Borages


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