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In Defense Mechanisms of Plants, learn all about the various ways plants protect themselves from hungry animals and diseases. Have ever thought of bark on a tree as armor before? Have you considered that some plants have weapons like swords? Did you know some plants can poison their enemies?
Be amazed at the types of mechanical and chemical defenses plants can possess. Not only do they protect themselves with defense mechanisms, sometimes they even protect other plants!
In eight meaty lessons, discover why plants need defense mechanisms and what the term “defense mechanisms” even means.
Learn how bark, leaves, and stems can act as weapons and even serve up some potent poison to animals and humans alike.
Understand signs of plant diseases and be amazed that some plants self-destruct (like a spy) in order to stop the spread of disease.
Discover whether symbiotic relationships between plants and animals help or hurt plants.
I know some of this sounds like it could be difficult for 1st-8th graders. But…presented in bite-sized portions with kid-friendly explanations, it’s all really very easy to learn and understand! The use of videos, books, and websites really help the big ideas become very doable for children.
Begin with these lessons indoors and see if your students don’t begin noticing plant defense mechanisms in the outdoor world later. It always happens – and it never gets old!
31 pages, digital curriculum