6 Self-Taught Botany Topics: Session 6 Week 2


  1. What is the difference between a cell wall and a plasma membrane? In this great game, you interact with parts of a plant cell. A brief tutorial preps you for the real challenge: matching the names to their physical parts.
  2. Imagine an organism that could survive with just water, light, and air. And the organism is sedentary. Plants are pretty amazing! These 3 videos are all about photosynthesis: The Simple Story of Photosynthesis and Food”, Nature’s Smallest factory: The Calvin Cycle”, and Vegetation Transformation: Crash Course Kids #5.2”.
  3. How can you turn a white flower into a multi-color flower? The answer is found in the power of capillary action. You can start with the basic experiment here and then branch out to answer your own questions. Some other thoughts: do all flowers react the same way? Does the concentration of food dye matter?
  4. What type of soil do plants like best? Dig up some dirt and use this soil identification worksheet to identify the soil’s percentage of sand, silt, and clay. Be ready to get your hands dirty!
  5. What do you have in common with a seed? Some of our Heroes answered: you need the right environment. It takes time to grow into something big and strong, but it is amazing how much potential is in every seed. You can create a plant light maze and see just how strong a seed is, seeking out light at every turn!
  6. Why are flowers so bright and colorful? This design-your-own flower activity is a wealth of information. It details everything from individual pollinator’s preferences to tricks of a flower petal. Ready for more food for thought? Imagine and describe a world without bees.

In the first two weeks of Quest, the Heroes have tackled all of these challenges and more. They are diligent and hard-working, increasing their perseverance by being gritty through difficult tasks. They ask questions of each other and show kindness by answering others’ queries. With this solid foundation of knowledge, we are excited to start our garden next week!

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