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Module 1: Discovering Your Family's “Botanical History.”

Author(s): Kelly Moore1, Shawn Zeringue-Krosnick1, Brittany McGuire1, Rachel May2

1. Tennessee Technological University 2. Tennessee Tech University

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We all know that understanding family history is important to understanding our place in the world. To help students learn to appreciate plants, this activity will connect family memories to specific plants that were important to them or to their…

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We all know that understanding family history is important to understanding our place in the world. To help students learn to appreciate plants, this activity will connect family memories to specific plants that were important to them or to their ancestors. This is referred to as “botanical history.” Students will interview family members to identify a specific plant they will use for the remaining nine modules. The plant the students choose is ideally one that holds historical significance to their family (e.g., an apple tree that has provided fruits for many generations, or a houseplant that has been divided or shared on special occasions). The students will then share their stories with the class and compare the plants they have chosen with their classmates.

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Version 1.0 - published on 02 Apr 2024 doi:10.25334/W1X7-S026 - cite this

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Through guided questions, students will think about the importance and relevance of plants to their lives as they document their botanical history. Students will share their stories through presentations/creative projects and collect data about the types of plants the class will be using. They will analyze and interpret the data they collect to determine if some families are more commonly represented in the class sample and why that might be. Additionally, students will generate graphs to display the distribution of these chosen families as well as the roles they have played in their lives. This module will help students see how important plants are in the lives of all people and that they are integral to ecosystems and society.

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