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We often assume that everyone can distinguish between a tree, bush, and herbaceous flowering plant but this is not always the case, especially when it comes to young learners.

Do you know how your youngest students think about plants?

If you’re not sure, consider using the “Is it a plant?” formative assessment probe presented in Uncovering Young Children’s Concept of a Plant, an article written by science education consultant and author, Page Keeley.

In her article, Keeley discusses how this probe was created “to elicit primary students’ initial ideas about plants and the characteristics they use to decide if something is a plant.”

The “Is it a plant?” assessment involves a single sheet of paper featuring simple illustrations of nine plant types — cactus, tree, grass, weed, bush, dandelion, water lily, vine, and fern. Students are asked to view the sheet and to select which of the illustrations represent a plant. They are then asked to share the reasons why they made the choices that they did. This probe leads to conversations between teachers and students about what a plant is and isn’t and provides educators with an opportunity to customize learning experiences that will expand their students’ understanding of plants.

View this assessment and find out how you can administer it yourself by purchasing Keeley’s article online from the journal Science and Children (99¢).


Literature Cited

Keeley, Page. (2017). Uncovering young children’s concept of a plant. Science and Children. 55(2): 20-22.



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Does your busy life cause you to neglect your houseplants?
There are 14 plants in this book just for you!


House Jungle: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Indoor Gardener!
is a cheerful new book containing the type of information a person needs to green up their living space. It is perfect both in content and in size for homeowners, apartment residents, dorm dwellers, and RV enthusiasts whose home is on four wheels.

Written and playfully illustrated by designer Annie Dornan-Smith, House Jungle is a helpful guide for indoor gardeners. Houseplant enthusiasts will learn:

  • The benefits of houseplants
  • How to start an indoor garden
  • How to decorate with houseplants
  • How to care for houseplants
  • Where to buy houseplants
  • How to make more houseplants

Indoor gardeners will also learn about fourteen plants that can tolerate low light and a little bit of neglect. This is a good starter list for anyone who doubts their ability to maintain a thriving indoor garden.

While Dornan-Smith surely had homeowners in mind when writing House Jungle, I think this book is also a good resource for teachers interested in bringing houseplants into the classroom. Written and illustrated like a sketchbook, House Jungle features easy-to-follow text and instruction that promises to keep students engaged with the care of their classroom jungle. Plus its format can spark ideas and conversation about how students can track the growth of their indoor garden and keep a nature/science journal of their own.

Published just last week, House Jungle is available directly from the author (for UK readers) and from your local independent bookstore (for US readers).



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Future teachers attending the Campus School at Smith College in Massachusetts co-create an event demonstrating that pop-up exhibitions can be more engaging than formal gallery exhibitions. Madelaine Zadik, manager of education and outreach at The Botanic Garden at Smith College, writes about the Garden’s work with education students in Pop-Up Exhibits.

Zadik explains how a professor of early childhood education paired her students with kindergarten students so they could learn how to guide young children in inquiry-based activities in the botanic garden. The semester-long collaboration between the future teachers and the Garden resulted in a pop-up exhibition and an online gallery featuring artwork inspired by the Garden’s annual bulb show.

Learn more by reading the article online and by viewing the exhibition on the Garden’s website.


Literature Cited

Zadik, Madelaine. (2015). Pop-up Exhibits. Public Gardens. 30(1), 28-29. Retrieved from https://publicgardens.org/files/images/2015Vol301/mobile/index.html#p=30



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Attention teachers in Southern California’s Inland Empire

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) has announced the theme for their annual Coachella Valley Environmental Art Contest and Exhibition. This year’s theme is EARTH. A call for artwork in the following categories has been announced:

    Environmental Art
    Addresses issues of relationships between humans and the environment and suggests solutions.

    Recycle Art
    Made of recycled materials — may include environmentally friendly markers, paint, and glues.

    Digital or Photo Essay
    Digital/Photo essays must include a brief explanation.

This contest is open to all Pre-K – 12 students and adults.

Artwork is due May 24, 2017.

Awards ceremony and exhibition will be held on World Environment Day at the Palm Springs Pavilion on June 4, 2017.

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Next week The New York Academy of Medicine Library will host the 2nd Annual #ColorOurCollections Week.

Cultural institutions around the world will share coloring sheets featuring material from their rare book libraries, archival repositories, special collections and general collections. Follow the hashtag #ColorOurCollections on your favorite social media channel February 6-10, 2017 and join in the fun. Explore the collections of museums and libraries online, download pages to color and post your colorful creations to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

This event is organized by The New York Academy of Medicine Library. View a list of participating institutions and their respective social media channels online.


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Related – Botanical Art Coloring Books

(Links updated 2/4/17)

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In November 2015 illustrator and educator Wendy Hollender launched
A Year of Botanical Drawing, a 12-month subscription program created to provide aspiring botanical illustrators with structured instruction through 2016.

Now one year later, this successful subscription program has evolved into two new online courses. These courses are now available at DrawBotanical.com, the learning platform created specifically for them. Time-strapped nature artists juggling the demands of daily life can choose between relaxing 30-minute instructional meditations in Botanical Basics or step-by-step instruction in colored pencil and watercolor in The Practice of Botanical Drawing. To learn more about each program, click on the links above. If you would like to go on a tour of the new learning platform and would like to “meet” with Wendy herself, be sure to watch the video on the DrawBotanical.com homepage.

Purchase a one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing between now and Christmas Eve (December 24, 2016) and receive 5% off the course fee of $400 when you use the promotional code HOLIDAYSALE12 during checkout. A one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing includes complimentary access to Botanical Basics.

Begin your study of botanical illustration or give the gift of botanical art to your favorite nature artist, classroom teacher or informal science educator.


Find out more at DrawBotanical.com



About Wendy Hollender

Wendy Hollender is a botanical illustrator, author and instructor. She is the author of Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color and Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide. She is the co-owner of Botanical Arts Press, LLC and the illustrator of Foraging and Feasting: A Basic Field Guide & Wild Food Cookbook written by Dina Falconi. Wendy has years of experience introducing botanical illustration to new audiences.

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When browsing the stacks for primary literature about drawing and learning, we usually read articles written by faculty who study these topics. The voices of students participating in these studies are seldom heard. There might be a quote here or there and examples of student work, but that’s it.

Today I am happy to bring attention to an article that changes this. In the current issue of The STEAM Journal sixth-grade student Rudaba R. Hasan writes about the importance of visualizing science in Visualizing a Plant Cell. In this article about using art to learn about science, we learn how Hasan and fellow sixth-grade students turned an assignment to draw plant and animal cells into an engaging infographic using color, lively characters and informative text.

Learn more about this project by reading Visualizing a Plant Cell, now available online on the journal’s website.


Literature Cited

Hasan, Rudaba R. (2016). Visualizing a Plant Cell. The STEAM Journal. Vol.2: Iss. 2, Article 33. DOI: 10.5642/steam.20160202.33. Retrieved from http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol2/iss2/33



About The STEAM Journal

The STEAM Journal is an international transdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access online journal focused on the relationship between art and science. Learn More

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