supermarket lab

rjreins rjreins at
Tue Nov 7 14:07:09 EST 2000


One suggestion is to send them one a treasure hunt in the suppermarket.  I 
give them a list of items of plant origin used in many common products.  You 
can extract these from packaging labels from anything from processed food to 
pharmaceuticals to beauty aids.  They have to find the product and connect it 
to the plant found in various references.

For many of the fresh fruits and vegetables it is relatively easy and cheap to 
purchase them and bring them into the lab.  For my Economic Botany course we 
commonly have labs on fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  Commonly when we are done 
examining the plant organs, we make the a big fruit or vegetable salad with 
the untouched plants.  Students always remember this years later.

Rob Reinsvold

>===== Original Message From Scott_Shumway at (Scott Shumway) =====
>Has anyone ever let their class loose in a supermarket as part of a
>laboratory exercise targetting economically important plants?  I'd welcome
>suggestions on how this sort of lab could work.  Thanks.
>Scott Shumway
>Associate Professor of Biology
>Dept. of Biology
>Wheaton College
>Norton, MA 02766
>"Scott_Shumway at"
>fax 508-285-8278


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