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In this section you will find a host of resources for teaching IBSE. We’ve searched through many books, education packs and websites to find resources relevant for teaching in botanic gardens and other informal education settings. For each one we’ve prepared a short review and a link to the relevant website. We have also developed resources especially for the INQUIRE project. These are available to everyone participating in an INQUIRE course. To sign up for an INQUIRE course click here.

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Biodiversity   |   Lesson plan

27/01/14  |  Lesson plan

A lesson plan about plants and the climate from Schulbiologisches Zentrum, Hannover.

This lesson encourages students to learn about plant adaptations and biodiversity by looking at plant habitats, the climatic conditions and the plant morphology.

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Biodiversity   |   M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University Botanical Garden team has created the lesson plan for inquire winter activity with students aged 10-13 years

03/09/13  |  M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University Botanical Garden team has created the lesson plan for inquire winter activity with students aged 10-13 years

What Story Could a Twig Tell?

The aims of the lesson are: to study annual growth of various species of trees in the Garden over the past 3 years (or more) and to identify which trees have the fastest and slowest growth rates; to establish whether the growth rate is identical for all species; to construct a hypothesis about the differences observed in annual growth rates; to explain how annual growth depends on weather (climatic conditions) and twig orientation relative to the sun; and to identify the most and least favourable conditions for plant growth. Students are asked to construct hypotheses about why some trees grow faster than others in identical conditions. A discussion is held with students on how climate change impacts plant growth and a forecast is made of how these pants will look after several years of climate change

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Biodiversity   |   lesson - plan

15/02/12  |  lesson - plan

What Story Could a Twig Tell?

Working in small groups, the students use a magnifying glass to study shoots cut from trees, noting their structural features and annual rings. In field conditions they make independent measurements over 3 yeras of shoots on different types of tree (growing in the botanic garden, park, near their school etc.). By comparing the results, they spot differences in annual growths and discuss how these are related to climate change.

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16/10/13 | London

Climate change is happening- The IPCC’s fifth report

IPCC report published in September reveals that, due to human activity, average global temperatures are at their highest for 1400 years. It is already affecting the planet and it's only going to get worse. With the report suffering backlash from still unconvinced critics, how are the public to know what to believe?

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