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African Plant Explorer

African Plant Explorer Activity Book
This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8-to
12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30-to 60-minute project and extensions. Activities can be used in any order. Also included are objectives and learning outcomes, assessment questions, ideas for a presentation or exhibit and topics for further investigation.

Table of Contents

Everyday Poisons ACTIVITY ONE
Watch a video about scientist Fatimah Jackson and then discover the poisons in everyday foods.
Learning Outcomes:Youth develop an understanding of the work of a scientist and of the abilities needed to do scientific inquiry.

Investigating Starch ACTIVITY TWO
Examine the chemical properties of starch.
Learning Outcomes:Youth develop an understanding of energy, food, and personal health.

Use cassava to batik African symbols onto cloth. This is a two-day activity.
Learning Outcomes:Youth compare and contrast daily life in different cultures,considering aspects such as communication,technology,and cultural conditions.

Green Travelers ACTIVITY FIVE
Explore the world travels of everyday foods.
Learning Outcomes:Youth develop an understanding of living things and environments and identify and describe past and present contributions of people from diverse cultures.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who works with the chemicals in plants.
Learning Outcomes:Youth draw on what they have learned in the activities to construct their own understanding of what it means to be a scientist.

New Wonders
Here are some ideas you might like to use for projects or exhibits.
Learning Outcomes:Youth develop an understanding of science and technology in society and of science as a human endeavor.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909496.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and
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