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Digital Resources Bundles now available
Be sure to check out our Digital Resources bundles, available for $25 each, on our K12 Education Page. Resources are available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade as well as middle- and high-school. Other offerings are forthcoming, so check back for updates.
New! Check out these quick and fun observation challenges from our own Arboretum!
Check out SchoolVirtually, a website that provides resources to support all learners, including students with disabilities and English language learners. It was created by a UH College of Education professor.
Website: Celebrate Earth Month Online
Virtual Arboretum Tours
New! Our virtual tour of Herb and Spice Hill emphasizes plants that you and your students may have encountered in your very own kitchen. Familiar favorites, like pepper and vanilla, appear side-by-side with more unusual plants like kaffir lime and comfrey. The tour has 8 stops total and features an optional audio narration to support new readers.
New! Our virtual tour of the Blue Marble Loop takes you on a short journey through our rainforest, with special emphasis on rainforest adaptations suitable for 3rd grade.
New! Doing some gardening at home? Check out our collection of Resources for Home and School Gardens
We have a virtual tour of the Ethnobotanical Garden now available online, which highlights native and canoe plants in the garden.
We have a virtual trekker tour hosted on Google. It resembles a Google Streetview of the Arboretum. It is from several years ago–some areas of the trail look considerably different now–but it is a fun way to visualize the Arboretum.
Outdoor Circle has a collection of similar trekker tours.
Kindergarten Resources (Parts of a plant and what plants need to survive)
1st Grade Resources (Similarities and differences)
2nd Grade Resources (Seed dispersal and pollination)
3rd Grade Resources (Amazing adaptations and rainforest tour)
4th Grade Resources (Ka Wai Ola: Watersheds, native and invasive species)
“Some Useful Botanical Definitions” from the Tennessee Arboretum.
Article: “Cliff-dwelling Cabbages,” by Shannon Wianecki. An article about a native Hawaiian plant that has lost its pollinator but is being successfully propagated by humans.
Scientific articles for students
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- Houseplants can help clean the air in your home
- Common plant could help fight zika and dengue
- Investigating a plant that can ward off mosquitoes
- Cactus goo for cleaning water
- Article: “Bright blooms that glow” on Science News for Students. Topic: some flowers are florescent!
- Biomimicry: a new design for a lab tool, inspired by plants
Careers with plants: What does a botanist do? Link
Video: “How Do Trees Transport Water from Roots to Leaves?” Visualize how water moves from roots to leaves.
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Projects and activities to do at home
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Sock seeds – collect seeds around your home or school on an old sock… then plant it. Sock seeds link!
Explore the outdoors… like a Field Scientist!
Make a terrarium!
Grow your own plants… a do-it-at-home experiment into what plants need to survive!
Video: “My Interest in Plant Identification.” A short video about how one woman got into plant ID. As she is based on the mainland, the plants she talks about as being prevalent in her neighborhood may not be the same as those found in our state. She has a series about getting into plant ID.
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Possible resources to share with your students that are related to COVID-19
Website: “ʻĀina-Informatics Network (AIN): Distance Learning Resources for Genomics and COVID-19,” from ʻIolani School.
Lesson plan: “Infectious diseases, epidemics and vaccines: a distance learning lesson” by Science Journal for Kids and Teens. For grades 4 and up.
Lesson idea: “The Spread of Infectious Diseases, Exponential Growth, and Social Distancing” also by Science Journal for Kids and Teens. Based on simulations provided by the Washington Post article “Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve.”
Lesson ideas: “3 Scientific Articles about Outbreaks of Deadly Infectious Diseases” by Science Journal for Kids and Teens.