The Online Nursery
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Plants! You eat them. You grow them. You depend on them for your health. But how much do students really know about them? How do they work? How do they grow? And how do we know which ones we can eat? Take this horticultural hike through the world of fauna to find out.
Start your investigation with The Great Plant Escape. Here visitors investigate what plants are made of, how they grow, and how they actually use the sun to make food. And if students are curious to learn more about photosynthesis, they can surf on over to the interactive movies at Brain Pop to watch for themselves.
Next stop, visit a live garden at Telegarden. A robot-controlled camera zooms around a garden plot. Students can even water and plant seeds. Users will have to register to get access to the garden, but registration is free. So, what are you waiting for?
After a trip to the virtual garden, your young botanists will be ready to grow their own real garden with advice from the National Gardening Association kids site. More tips for a class garden can be found at kindergarden. Don't let the youthful-looking graphics fool you. This site is stalked with plenty of good practice tips.
Okay, so students have learned about plants and grown their own; now it's time for them to eat the fruits of their labor. Find out everything you wanted to know about the plants you're eating at Cool Science for Curious Kids. Students will even learn the recipe to a delicious garden salad.
Delve a bit further into the plant world and see what's going on in plant technology. Cruise on over to DNA for Dinner? and learn about human-engineered food. Do you want to eat something that nature didn't create? This site investigates the ethics of genetic engineering, and asks visitors to take a stand.
At the last stop on your itinerary, you'll break out from the world of common garden plants, and search the great outdoors for exotic and not-so-common varieties. More advanced students may enjoy the control of searching for their favorite rare species at the Botanical Diversity Pages.