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ERIC Number: EJ899626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Every Plant Has a Story
Foster, Allan
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n2 p22-24 Win 2007
One of the author's pet projects is to demonstrate to teachers how easy it is to grow plants in the classroom. In order to create equitable schools in Ontario, teachers are mandated to honour diversity in their classrooms by celebrating a diversity of special significant days such as Ramadan, Kwansaa, Diwali and Chinese New Year. Not only does this provide students with an opportunity to learn about other cultures while sharing and celebrating their own, it is also a great way for students to learn about plants, because every significant day seems to have its own celebratory plant. Many of these plants carry a rich heritage of stories, and some are easy for students to grow on the classroom windowsill. One of the easiest plants in the world to procure and grow is the African violet. In this article, the author provides three stories with three different cultural roots that can be used to make the African violet a more engaging teaching tool and describes a long-term project that introduces its biology. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada