16 January Science 7 Tomato questions, Forms of Flowers, Partner Trees

  1. Mindful moments. Take a few minutes to focus on your breathing.
  2. Noticing plants, growing plants can make you happy and healthy: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-ZXH9FvYLY> and <http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/WI_VegRegrowing.pdf>
  3. Review previous class.
  4. Read today’s blogpost.
  5. Prepare DSN entry for today in GDR / Biodiversity folder.
  6. Questions.


Answer on lined paper where you have written your name and period in the upper right-hand corner. Take a photo when the quiz ends and upload into your DSN.

You may use the blog, your DSN, and the articles. You may NOT use wikipedia, domyhomeworkformebecausei’mlazy.com, or other websites. You may use a translator as a last resort if you are learning English. Try, however, to make your best inferences from what you do know and from the context.

During the last class, you observed cherry tomato plants growing on the balcony. You were also directed to the following article and instructions.

An interesting article about: The Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L., Solanaceae) and Its Botanical Relatives

Read/browse/look at the heading and figures/check the introduction and the conclusion–what do you already know about tomatoes? what do you learn from looking at the article? what questions do you have? Discuss in the next class. (Quiz?)


Another article: The Inca Road: Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?


  1. What did you know about the tomato before looking at the article(s)? Describe your experience with tomatoes.
  2. What did you learn from examining the article(s)? What parts did you look at? What parts did you read? How much time did you spend with the article(s)?
  3. What questions arose as you examined the article(s)?
  4. How do you think you can investigate the questions you have raised?
  5. What do you think a scientific name is? What is the history of scientists making names for living things?
  6. What do you think a botanical relative is? What characteristics are used to decide how closely related plants are to one another? How do you think plants are classified into groups?
  7. What do you think the word species means? Genus?
  8. How many times do the words diverse and diversity appear in the article(s)? What do these words refer to?
  9. How do you think scientists explain the facts of biodiversity–the fact that there are many kinds of living thing and that living things vary in the degrees to which they are similar and different?
  10. What plants are members of the plant family Solanaceae? (Sometimes this plant family goes by the English name “Nightshade.” Which of these plants are familiar to you?
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Examine these links:


Understanding botanical names: http://flowersofindia.net/misc/bot_names.html

Flower Parts  http://flowersofindia.net/misc/flower_parts.html

Flower Shapes http://flowersofindia.net/flowershapes/

Leaf Types http://flowersofindia.net/leafshapes/

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Depending on time,

Visit your partner tree and make observations verbal and visual, take pictures, make sketches, noting date, time, conditions, etc.

Along the way, see if you can find any other trees in flower.

Along the way, find as many different types/shapes/forms of flower as you can. Match them to the types in the website above. Use pictures, sketches, and verbal descriptions.

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