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Problems solving with Plants: Cases for the Classroom has 14 cases for learning plant biology in real-world contexts and helps for teaching with investigative cases.

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Using Investigative Cases

Introduction to cases
Case analysis sheet
Investigative Case Based Learning site
SERC StartingPoint site

Writing a Case

Writing a Case
Components of a Case

Case implementation and assessment

  A Case on Case Use

Implementation Planning Assessing Learning

Incorporating standards/ grade level expectations

National and State Standards

Problem Solving with Technology

Case:  A Day at the Bay
Case study group work on remote sensing data in the Chesapeake and Galveston Bays.  Algae and plants respond to changes in environment and impact other populations in the bay. Chlorophyll is useful to monitor environmental health.

Why Study Chlorophyll?


Case:  Weather and the Bay
Do hurricanes affect the bay?



Chlorophyll and Odor


A Day at the Bay
Eyes on the Bay site
Eyes on the Bay Investigation
Chesapeake Bay Remote Sensing site
Chlorophyll Investigation
Wikipedia link for chlorophyll
Lesson plan on harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay
Flash slide show on harmful algal blooms
Weather and the Bay
Website link to NOAA Hurricane data
NOAA Investigation
Galveston Bay Information Center
Texas Coast Oyster Maps
Teacher resources
Underwater Grass Restoration link
Wikipedia link for chlorophyllin
Clorets Commercial

Case:  Paul’s Puzzle
Pollen is monitored. It travels. Pollen has distinct characteristics. Pollen is an allergen.

Pollen Counts

Paul’s Puzzle
      Data     Pollen Map Activity
Pollen and Mold Center FAQs
National Allergy Bureau
National Allergy Bureau Pollen and Mold Certification Process
Achoo! Pollen Counter  
Understanding pollen and mold counts
Pollen Count in Japan
Pollen Bots Activity

Bee Movie - Pollen jockeys clip


Why Study Pollen?
Who needs to know about pollen?

Flower and Cones
Pollen is the male gametophyte

Bee Movie: Exploring Career Choices
Thumbnail link to full size Pollen Concept Map
Wikipedia link for pollen
Flower and Cones Activity

 Visual identification with online images.
Pollen is used to identify plants. Pollen is similar in closely related plants.

Building Pollen Models to Scale
Most pollen is only 10-100 microns in size.

Pollen Delivery

Pollen Images
Pollen: Shape, Color & Size
USDA Pollen Lab
Austrian Palynological Database

Pollen Modeling Worksheet

Fastest Plant on Earth

Pollen Forensics Cases
  Pollen as evidence
  Use SEM data and include images.
  Write testimony as a pollen expert
  Include description of locations.

Pollen Forensics Resources

The Seedy Blanket.ppt
The Grass Stained Bandits.ppt

Forensic palynology in Western Australia
Forensic Palynology: A New Way to Catch Crooks
Crime Scene Botanicals - Forensic Botany
More on Dr. Lynn Milne, Forensic Scientist & Palynologist


Pollen Simulations
Pollen provides information on vegetation both past and present. 

TAMU Palynology Lab
First Orchid Fossil Found in Amber
Pollen Viewer Simulation
Pollen Viewer Investigation
Bee Visit Simulation
Pollination Investigation

Pollen Resource Project
Additional Pollen Activities

Pollen - a SCOPE workshop project
Blueberry Blues - a BioQUEST summer workshop project
Case: The Farmer and the Gene

Workshop Participant Case Modules

Where in the World is Reveille?

Workshop Pollen Images

Pollen Images (July 10, 2008)

Light Microscopy Image Captures

For more information, please contact:

Claire Hemingway, Education Director