Thanks to a GLCS Foundation grant from funds raised in memory of Jim Fish, 230 7th-grade students now are learning about the entire plant life-cycle, including plant reproduction, genetics, and heredity. The grant was used to purchase Wisconsin Fast Plants, which are a quick-growing Brassica plant that has specific genetic traits--growing tall or short and sporting purple or green stems and leaves.
The students start the plants from seeds, use dried bees on a stick to manually pollinate the plants, and then harvest seeds from the mature plant pods, which then go through the same process. This is a very hands-on, engaging way for students to study heredity, as they are part of the process and can see which plant traits, dominant or recessive, are passed on to the second-generation plants through the entire plant life cycle.
Interesting fact! This science unit is taking place in the Middle School greenhouse, which was saved and refurbished in 2014, thanks to a collaboration of the GLSC Foundation and other community partners.
On March 12, Michigan author Denise Brennan-Nelson spent the day with Grades K-5th, talking about her books and teaching students to tap into their imaginations to create richer, fuller lives.
Ms. Brennan- Nelson has written 23 children's books, including Buzzy the Bumblebee, Leopold the Lion, Someday is Not a Day of the Week, and the popular Willow series. She lives in Livingston County with her family. Photo credit: John McCann
Thanks to the GLCS Foundation, Michigan author, illustrator, cartoonist, and expert daydreamer, Ruth McNally Barshaw, will draw, write and illustrate a funny story with students at Ryan Intermediate on March 6 and explore what it takes to write her popular Ellie McDoodle books. Just another way we are igniting imaginations through the Foundation's Spark Series.
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