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The 12 Principles of Plant Biology: These foundational ideas of basic plant biology are designed for science education at the K-12 levels. ASPB offers materials based on the principles to help students gain a better understanding of plant biology:

My Life As A Plant - Coloring & Activity Book: Sally Sunflower and her pals inspire kids (PreK-2) to explore the world of plants.  This interactive story created by ASPB Education Foundation Grant program winner Alan Jones with co-PI Jane Ellis and science educator Janice Anderson, is a fun first foray into the 12 Principles of Plant Biology. Download or order from Amazon at .

So you want to share plant biology fun & expertise with your high school students?   This menu of free resources created or vetted by ASPB will help you integrate plant biology into any high school life science curriculum.  Options range from 1-hour lessons to semester-long collaborations with plant scientists.

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Plant Biology Videos on YouTube: These short videos offer creative, informative and entertaining perspectives on plant biology. The videos were produced by film and biology experts for a contest series created by ASPB Education Foundation Grants program winner Dan Cosgrove.

Greening the Classroom - Teaching Modules and Resource Center: Use the reference plant, Arabidopsis thaliana  to introduce basic concepts in plant biology, development and genetics. Materials and support free to educators.

Petunias & RNA Interference (RNAi): A wayward petunia has helped plant biologists unveil how modest little RNAi molecules can provide important medical treatment options. This 15-minute film uses appealing and accurate cartoons to clarify basic gene expression and the function of RNAi.

Plants-In-Motion: This site offers beautiful and technically accurate images of the varied motions plants make during their life-cycle. This clever plant biology resource was created by ASPB member Roger Hangarter. Also visit Roger's sLowlife page for another view of plant movements. Radio Show: Plant Detective Flora Delaterre explores the benefits, risks and efficacy of the world's medicinal plants.  Beth Judy, creator and voice of Delaterre, won funding from the ASPB Education Foundation Grants program for these 90-second radio shows with podcasts and online archive.

MicrobeWorld Radio: This educational outreach initiative revolves around a daily, 90-second radio series (ith podcasts and archives) designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the vital role microbes play on our planet. MicrobeWorld is sponsored in part by the ASPB.

A Moment of Science Media Library: This two-minute radio program on the wonders of science gets listeners excited about important science concepts across a broad array of topics. Search the site's list of audio file titles to find plant science segments sure to amaze. This outreach project is supported by ASPB.

10 Classroom-Friendly Uses for Plant Science Radio & Lively Links of Radio Programs

iTAG Barley Project (grade 9-12): Genetic segregation of traits is critical to genetics and genomics projects in agriculture and human health. With iTAG lab and classroom activities using Oregon Wolfe doubled haploid barley (easily grown on a lighted window bench) students will discover the link between an organism’s genes and its outward appearance.To acquire module-specific seed contact Roger Wise, or visit Barley World. For additional information and/or seed of the complete Oregon Wolfe population, click here.

iTAG Barley Project Digital iBook for iPADA 9-12 curriculum to explore inheritance of traits and genes using Oregon Wolfe barley" by Hayes, N., Maffin, L., McGhee, L., Hall, G., Hubbard, T., Whigham, E. and Wise, R. P. (iTUNES;  51 pp).  2013.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) offers inquiry-based K-16 classroom activities on bioenergy and resources for teacher support and professional development. Get your students started learning the lingo with "Bioenergy 101: Common Vocabulary". PDF Available

The Huntington's botanical gardens and museum resources promote life-long learning. The site's education page offers classroom activities, images & resources, as well as institutes for classroom teachers.  Several of the Huntington's outreach programs were funded by the ASPB Education Foundation and Education Committee.

Wisconsin Fast Plants
Use Fast Plants® in K-16 classrooms and beyond to explore a wide variety of plant biology questions and engage in genuine scientific inquiry. Developed by ASPB member Paul Williams, these fun, affordable activities meet the pedagogical objectives of most any biology program.

Genomics Digital Lab (GDL) Project: This 1st-place winner in the NSF 2008 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge is a series of curriculum-aligned biology games, modules, and interactive simulations. Users experience discovery-based learning via an array of topics. GDL was created in conjunction with ASPB grant program winner David Salt's Genomics eXplorer, an interactive walk-through plant cell.

Secrets of Plant Genomes Revealed: What causes crazy corn mutations? Is GM food safe? Do genomes come in more than one size? This hip site helps you learn the answers to these questions and many more as you watch videos and see what scientists have to say about plant genomes.

Partnership for Plant Genomics Education: This site offers dynamic photos, curriculum & materials, student experiences, professional development and related links for teaching plant genomics.

Introducing Basic Biotechnology Teaching Techniques in High Schools in Sub-Saharan Africa – Ghana
This project’s specific objectives include:

  • Identify specific gaps for the effective teaching of biotechnology and genomics in high schools in Ghana;
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