Class Set - Pitcher Plant Dissection
Lab: Pitcher Plant Dissection - Class Set for 32 Students
Purpose: Investigate the contents of Pitcher Plants.
32+ Mature pitcher plant tubes
8 Magnifyling glass
8 Razor blade with safety shield
8 Measuring cup
32 Student directions and data sheet
Grade Level: 4-5 elementary, middle school, high school, undergraduate.
Pitcher Plants have no moving parts, yet they capture some of the most prey of any carnivorous plant. Their pit-fall traps are very effective in design, and work remarkable well.
In this inquiry investigation, students dissect a variety of mature pitchers to explore the trapping mechanism and measure and analyze the trap's efficiency. Students draw deductions on the variables they measure, and end with a good understanding of how pitcher plants work in greater detail than simplying reading about it.
This series of carnivorous plant lab investigations is based on scientific inquiry standards of the National Science Education Standards, and are consistent with State Learning Objectives. Students have the opportunity to think and act like scientists during these investigations. Written and classroom tested by Michael Szesze, Awarding Winning Science Teacher.