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The Value of a Garden

Lesson Description:
This lesson plan for high school (and possibly undergraduate) students uses handouts and articles to teach students about the various services different types of gardens provide to humans. Students also learn about the changes among factors in gardens described through feedback loops, the role of carl linnaeus in the history of taxonomy, the causes of species declines and extinctions, the efforts being used to preserve species, the ability to critically evaluate the arguments set forth in a scientific article, and the contributions of community and botanical gardens to conservation and the socio-cultural wellbeing of communities. this lesson adheres to national science education standards.
Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

Time Needed:
1-3 periods or 1-2 weeks
Standards Addressed:
NSES (USA) Content Standards, 9–12
  • 4.4. Life Science: Interdependence of organisms
  • 7.3. Science in Personal & Social Perspectives: Natural Resources
  • 8.1. History and Nature of Science: Science as a Human Endeavor
  • 8.3. History and Nature of Science: Historical Perspective

NSES(USA) Content Standards, 5–8
4. Life Science
  • 8. History and Nature of Science

Materials Needed:
Article - "The Weight of a Petal: The Value of Botanical Gardens" by H. Bruce Rinker (February 2002)
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