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27/05/12  |  Moscow, Russia

First Science Experience With Plants - Lessons in MSU Botanic Garden

During April and May MSU’s Botanic Garden has been busy running classes with schoolchildren as part of the INQUIRE project. The classes were developed jointly by educators studying on the INQUIRE course and Garden experts. The teachers invited children of various ages to take part: from those just completing primary school (4th grade) to others who have begun studying the Nature Studies and Botany curriculum (5th -6th grades) and some who are in the 10th grade.

26/05/12  |  Moscow, Russia

Biology in English Lessons

Experience of using materials from the INQUIREBOTANY website during English lessons: excerpt from an article by an English language teacher at State Secondary School No.1344 in Moscow.

14/02/12  |  Moscow

To engage students in video observations of plants

Take a look at the Resources (Plant Growth) section, where you will find a link to a video showing the growth and shoot development of a Furcraea (flowering, formation of brood buds). The film is based on time-lapse observation of a 100-year Furcraea selloe in the hothouses of the Botanic Garden of Moscow State University (“Aptekarskiy ogorod”) and was produced by A.G.Velikanov. The video was shown during MSU’s INQUIRE course and generated great interest amongst the teachers, who are now using it in their classes. It is a good example of how modern technology can help inspire and engage students in regular observation of plants at home and in school.

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