Use of real specimens brings the study of biology to life. This activity brings easily acquired plant specimens into the classroom to tackle common alternative conceptions regarding life, size, complexity, the nature of science, and plants as multicellular organisms. The activity occurs after a discussion of the characteristics of life and engages students in application of course content and utilization of scientific thinking. It is appropriate for any class in which the nature of life and its structural complexities are addressed and in which teachers want to help students gain familiarity with plants as multicellular organisms.
National Association of Biology Teachers
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American Biology Teacher
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Howard, A. R. (2014, September). Using plants to explore the nature & structural complexity of life. The American Biology Teacher, 77(7), 444-448. doi:10.1525/abt.2014.76.7.5