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Botany 101

As part of their studies of the Midwest region of the United States, Unit II students are exploring plants native to the area. “We began with an introduction to seeds, specifically Lima beans, examining the parts of the seed with a hand lens and determining each part’s purpose,” said Unit II teacher Sherri Linville. “Next up, we’ll be propagating Lima bean seeds, as we plan to place them on a damp paper towel, which will remain in a baggie taped to our windows!” In early May, students will also take a field trip to California Woods Nature Preserve in Cincinnati, for a program called The Ecology of Habitats, where they will study forests, meadows, and creeks.