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Plant Cells: Comparing Monocot and Dicot Stems

Kit #61
Plant Cells: Comparing Monocot and Dicot Stems

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 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. Students use clearly labeled diagrams and a dichotomous to help guide them in locating and identifying a variety of different types of cells.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 2 classes, each with 15 groups of 2 students
  • Consumables service 60 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources
  • Requires a water source

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Plant Cell Study: Comparing Monocot and Dicot Stems

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Scientific Concepts

•Preparation, staining, and mounting of microscope slides
•Observing cells under a microscope.
•Utilizing diagrams and dichotomous keys for identification.
•Comparing the stem structure of monocots and dicots.
KEY VOCABULARY: dicot, monocot, phloem, pith, vascular bundle, xylem

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 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
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Class set of safety eyewear, class set of microscopes.

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