Botany in 8 Lessons

March 25, 2013
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Botany in 8 Lessons

Content: Science
Grade(s): 4th – 8th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$ || ?
Pages: 252 pages
Publication Date: 2013
Review Updated: 5/7/2014

From Ellen McHenry’s website:

The 100-page student text has 8 chapters, and each chapter is divided into two levels. All students complete level 1. Level 2 provides additional information on the same topic for students who want to read more. At the end of each level there are review activities such as quiz questions, crossword puzzles, letter puzzles and Internet links that provide videos or online activities. It takes between 5 to 8 weeks to complete all the lessons.

The activity section has over 100 pages of supplemental games, crafts, and experiments. Games provided include two games about photosynthesis, Tree Leaf Bingo, Plant Cell Penny Pitch, “Where Sheep May Safely Graze” (a game about poisonous plants), “Plant Pile Up” (a general review game), a scavenger hunt, and directions for downloading two games about flower identification. Labs include flower dissection, dissecting xylem tubes out of celery, experimenting with growing roots, testing soil pH, testing the strength of germinating seeds, testing percentage germination of seed packets, looking at pollen grains, experimenting with ethylene gas and ripening fruit, and watching osmosis. Art/craft activities include drawing the cross section of a leaf, a streaming chloroplasts flip book, an ATP pop gun, vascular cross section cookies, pressing leaves, and making a work of art from a microscopic cross section photo. A final review/test is also included.

Also included at the end of the activity section are patterns for over a dozen lapbook items. Many of these include gimmicks such as lifting flaps, pull tabs or pop-ups.

A special channel for this curriculum has been set up on It contains videos that correlate with each chapter. Most videos have been embedded from other sources, but a few were created specially for this curriculum.

1: Plants cells and photosynthesis Level 1 (basic cell anatomy, overview of photosynthesis)
2: Plant classification Level 1 (overview, plus biography of Linnaeus)
3: Non-vascular plants Level 1 (mosses, alternation of generations)
4: The vascular system Level 1 (xylem, phloem, transpiration, monocots and dicots)
5: Leaves and trees Level 1 (basic leaf classification, cross section of a leaf, tree trunks)
6: Plant reproduction Level 1 (ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms, pollination, germination)
7: Plant adaptation Level 1 (desert plants and water plants)
8: Plant diseases

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About the Author:
Ellen J McHenry is a homeschool mother who holds an art degree, with a minor in math, from Penn State. She has worked as a professional illustrator for more than 20 years. During her years teaching homeschool co-op science classes, Ellen recognized a need for a different type of instructional material and so her career as a curriculum writer was born.

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