This project has students work in pairs explore the botany of Harvard Square. Students find a plant-related item to research and prepare a an abstract, a presentation, and a written report. Students investigate Harvard square to find a plant product. Once they have found their product, they research information about the plant, such as its Latin name, where it comes from, its classification, and any political issues associated with its cultivation. They then write an abstract of 250 words, which the instructor approves or rejects. Once approved, they do a 5 minute presentation. They later write a 5 page paper. The instructions are below.
Individual, Pair, Month, Self-Initiated, Pair Work, Specific/Deep, Descriptive, Sequential, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Pfister, Donald, Research, Presentation, OEB59, Plants and Human Affairs, Application, Develop scholarly skills, Bridge academic-real world understanding, Communicate effectively, Practice content-specific skills, Whole class, Teacher's eyes only, Paper, Presentation