Defense Mechanisms of Plants
Just how do plants protect themselves from herbivores and illnesses? You’ll be amazed at how many defense mechanisms plants have! From thorns and poisons to stinky smells and self-destruction, plants are prepared for battle.
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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
- Appropriate for black and white printing
- Printing is not necessary
- Content suitable for charter schools
What is No Sweat Nature Study?
Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?
No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.
No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.
No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.
Well, it’s here.
The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.
Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.
Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?
Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.
Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.
I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.
But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.
Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!
- You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
- The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
- Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.
This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!
Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!
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