Extension Activities

There are many opportunities to extend and expand the activities listed in this module. Several examples are listed below.

Extension 1

The Great Plant Escape: From the University of Illinois Extension Service, The Great Plant Escape is an elementary plant science program for 4th and 5th grade students. Each of the lessons in this program is interdisciplinary, designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how food grows.

Extension 2

Science and Plants for Schools: Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS), works with teachers to promote plant science and molecular biology as key curriculum areas, and to support educators in the delivery of plant science and molecular biology education in schools and colleges. There are pages directly related to primary grade levels as well as lots of activities and images.

Extension 3

Montana Natural Heritage Program: The Botany Program focuses on plant Species of Concern, including those that are at-risk or potentially at-risk due to rarity, restricted distribution, habitat loss and/or other factors in Montana. The site includes data on the distribution, abundance and ecology of these species as well as information on threats or potential threats to species viability. There is a section to submit field observations of plants in Montana, view field guides, and much more.

Extension 4

U.S. Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers: The U.S. Forest Service site has may resources for teachers and students, and includes an area specific, searchable, plants database. The site lists the featured plant of the week, invasive plants, native plants, a listing of endangered and threatened plants, and numerous activities.

Extension 5

Montana Native Plant Society: The Montana Native Plant Society page has numerous links to resources, including information about threatened plants of Montana, unique habitats such as Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park and conservation issues. This site also includes links to small grant applications for native plant restoration.


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.