Otter's Botany - Homeschool Botany Curriculum

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Otter's Botany

Week 5

Main topics: Stems


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


Botany for Dummies

p. 57-59
Chapter 4: Vegetative Structures: Stems, Roots, and Leaves

Getting organized with plant organs
Getting taller with stems

p. 59-62

Primary Growth
Monocot stems
Dicot stems
Chapter 4 Stems Printable Worksheet
Learn the terminology associated with stems. Create lift-the-flap vocabulary words that go over the definitions printed on the page.

Chapter 4 Cut-Outs for Stems Printable Worksheet

p. 63-65

Secondary growth

Annual plants
Perennial plants
Tree bark
Counting tree rings

p. 66-67
Specialized stems:


Botany curriculum

p. 203 Lapbook: Portraits of monocot and dicot seedlings





Choose a book or books


The Biography of Sugar

The Biography of Sugar

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
p. 27 This Houseplant Could Be Your Last

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
p. 31 Deadly Nightshade


Essential Atlas of Botany


p. 12-13

p. 22-23



The Botany Coloring Book

Section 59 Vascular plant structure

Section 60 Meristematic growth

Section 64 Stem anatomy and growth

Section 65 The vascular cambium

Section 66 The cork cambium and annual growth

100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

p. 17-18 Read about Bear's Breeches


p. 19-20 Read about the Beauty Bush


p. 21-22 Read about the Begonia

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History




p. 166 Sugarcane


p. 216 Ginger


Experiments, Labs, Activities & Kits


Nyokki Grass Pets - Froggie

Why does green grass turn yellow?
medium-size cooking pot or metal bowl
area of short grass
1 quart (l1iter) water (optional)

Geotropism Experiment
Supplies: bleach, water, 6-8 bush bean seeds, marking pen, vermiculite, tape, modeling clay, nail, eyedropper, hot glove, saucer or paper plate, hot tongs, bowl, candle, petri dish (or similar)

Alternate experiment:
Geotropism Experiment
Supplies: radish seeds, cd jewel case, toilet paper, rubber bands, marker, modeling clay, shallow pie plates or cardboard boxes lined with foil, eyedropper, dark closet, ruler, graph paper, notebook





Asian Beef Noodle Toss (with ginger)
Pumpkin Cookies (with ginger)

Note: The edible portion of a ginger root is a branched underground compressed stem also known as a rhizome.






Geotropism foldable
(also for phototropism and wilting)
















Nature, Journaling and Art









Guesthollow store


Link to Guest Hollow



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