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Teaching Resources

Ferns, Spores, and Plant Reproduction

STEM Discipline

Biology

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

Key Terms:

fern, plant, reproduction, seed-free, spore, dispersal

Key Concepts:

  • Reproduction of plants
  • Alternation of generations
  • Seeds and spores
  • Characteristics of ferns
  • Technology used by botanists

Resource Types:

Pattern of sori (made up of sporangia, containing spores) on the back of the green fronds of a fern. Photo by gailhampshire via Wikimedia, CC-BY.Pattern of sori (made up of sporangia, containing spores) on the back of the green fronds of a fern. Photo by gailhampshire via Wikimedia, CC-BY.
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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Fern Reproduction resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations.

Life Science

MS-LS1

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • MS-LS1-4Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-4Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS1MS-LS2, MS-LS4

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