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Botany Activities and Lesson Plans

  Web interactive activities: Botany   

Image from State Symbols Web Exhibit and Game
State Symbols Web Exhibit and Game
Play a State Symbols Identification Game and learn about all the Illinois State symbols.



  Web-available Lesson Plans: Botany   

Image from Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Lesson Plan pdf
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Lesson Plan pdf
Observe plants, make detailed drawings, and then create a watercolor painting based on the principles of botanical illustration.


Image from Botanical Illustration Using Painter Classic Software Lesson pdf
Botanical Illustration Using Painter Classic Software Lesson pdf
Use the tools in Painter Classic with the Wacom pad and stylus to create botanical paintings.


Image from Botanical Illustration with Plant Studio Freeware Lesson pdf
Botanical Illustration with Plant Studio Freeware Lesson pdf
Use Plant Studio freeware to create virtual plants in a wizard, choosing the parameters for each plant part. Also breed new generations of plants.


Image from Create a Classroom Herbarium Lesson Plan pdf
Create a Classroom Herbarium Lesson Plan pdf
Collect leaves, identify them, and preserve them according to Herbarium procedures. Display the collection or store them for study.


Image from Forest Layers Lesson (Elementary) pdf
Forest Layers Lesson (Elementary) pdf
Study the layers of a forest, from the canopy to the litter, and create a landscape painting that reflects your knowledge.


Image from Forest Layers Lesson (Middle School) pdf
Forest Layers Lesson (Middle School) pdf
Analyse the layers of the different types of forests in Illinois as to their characteristics of height, density, moisture, and soils. The Museum's Forests of Illinois Web Module contains a panorama of each type of forest occurring in Illinois. The Forest Layers image shows each layer.


Image from Forests as Inspiration for Literature Lesson Plan pdf
Forests as Inspiration for Literature Lesson Plan pdf
Authors have been inspired by forests; folk tales and fairy tales contain themes about forests. Use this lesson as a guide to literature on this theme.


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Forms for Exhibit Creation Lessons
In the Classroom Exhibit lesson for the Behind the Scenes module, students can print out and use forms to keep records of the objects or specimens they are planning to exhibit.


Image from Freehand Computer-aided Botanical Illustration Lesson Plan
Freehand Computer-aided Botanical Illustration Lesson Plan
Lesson plan for grade 6 and up using Freehand software to paint botanicals


Image from Identifying Plants in Works of Art Lesson Plan pdf
Identifying Plants in Works of Art Lesson Plan pdf
Many works of art contain subject matter of plants or plant symbolism. Identify the plants and their possible meanings in five ISM works of fine and decorative art.


Image from Interpreting a Pollen Graph Lesson pdf
Interpreting a Pollen Graph Lesson pdf
Scientists make graphs from their research findings. These graphs tell us trends, changes, and other information.


Image from Leaf Collection Lesson Plan, Herbarium
Leaf Collection Lesson Plan, Herbarium
Lesson plan for upper elementary to lower secondary students on collecting and preserving leaves


Image from Leaf Collection Lesson, MuseumLink
Leaf Collection Lesson, MuseumLink
Collect, identify, and preserve leaves from your community. Use the Museum's online tree guide.


Image from Native American Dye Plants Lesson
Native American Dye Plants Lesson
Learn how to create fabric dyes from natural substances in onion skins, walnuts, and flowers the way Native Americans and early settlers did. Dyed cloth can be used to make a prairie quilt (see lesson plan) or garment, or dye samples notebook.


Native American Foods and Recipes

Students can plan a weeks meals based on wild and cultivated resources available to a Mississippian farmstead in the early summer based on information provided in The Mississippian Saga of ISM's River Web module. An extension activity would be for students to cook a recipe using these ingredients.

Go to RiverWeb, Mississippian, Economy Activities, and scroll to the bottom and click on the pdf link. 




Image from Prairie Imagist Poem Lesson Plan pdf
Prairie Imagist Poem Lesson Plan pdf
Use the online source to study imagist poetry, then learn about a prairie plant or animal and write an imagist poem about it.



Image from Prairie Plant Adaptation Lesson Plan
Prairie Plant Adaptation Lesson Plan
Examine prairie plants to discover what physical adaptations help them survive in their environment. Use the online prairie flower guide.


Image from Prairie Quilt Lesson Plan pdf
Prairie Quilt Lesson Plan pdf
Create a cloth quilt or a digital quilt using scanned images of prairie life.



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Someone's in the Kitchen
Learn about Native AMerican foods and find recipes you can make.



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