Inquiry and Fast Plants
2001 - 2002 Fellow
In this activity, students
grow Wisconsin Fast Plants to help them learn more about genetics and scientific
inquiry. Our primary reason for introducing these plants to class was to give
students a tangible experience with quantitative variation and heritability
that would broaden their understanding of genetics beyond Mendelian inheritance
and could facilitate conceptualization of natural selection in the future.
Growing these plants also provided a reference for lessons in plant development,
life cycles, photosynthesis, reproduction, nutrition, and experimental design.
In a long term, multi-generational, experiment like this the notebooks and
records that students kept became obviously and critically important. Download
the activity in MS Word orPDF