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Plant Cell Study: Comparing Monocot and Dicot Stems

kit #61

This simple, step-by-step lab activity provides a sense of realism and participation that commercially prepared slides or illustrations can't possibly duplicate. Students prepare slides using the pre-cut monocot and dicot plant cross sections and macerated stem tissue. After staining and mounting the samples, students then view their slides through a microscope.
Clearly diagrammed cell guides and individualized student worksheets are provided to help the students through this fascinating activity. In addition to observing and studying stem cells, students develop an understanding of the art of slide preparation, a skill necessary in future life science and biology classes.



  • Preparation of slide material with staining and mounting
  • Develop microscope techniques
  • Utilize diagrams and dichotomous keys for identification
  • Observe stem cell types in monocot and dicot stems

Content List in Plant Cell Study: Comparing Monocot and Dicot Stems is as follows:

Quantity Description
90 Microscope slides
90 Cover slips
30 Tissue transfer brushes
4 Drop controlled bottles of Differential Stain
1 Drop controlled bottle of Glycerine
1 Vial of Dicot Cross-sections
1 Vial of Macerated Stem Tissues
1 Vial of Monocot Cross-sections
30 Student Guides
1 Teachers Guide with MSDS
Number of students
maximum 30 at same time, 60 total
Number of groups
maximum 15 groups of two at same time

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Plant Cell Study: Comparing Monocot and Dicot Stems 61 $180.20
Plant Cell Study REFRESH-A-KIT 61-RC $144.15