Welcome to Global Plants in the Classroom: Botany 101. This guide to using Global Plants as a teaching resource consists of nine units that introduce basic concepts in the study of botany (see list below). Each unit includes key concepts, vocabulary, and example materials. We have also selected Global Plants resources and journal articles on JSTOR that are pertinent to each unit, and we provide assignments to further reinforce the concepts discussed.
Global Plants is a database of more than two million type specimens and 200,000 supporting resources including manuscripts, field notes, botanical illustrations and paintings, reference guides, photographs, correspondence, and much more. The resources are contributed by members of the Global Plants Initiative, a collaborative effort of more than 300 partner herbaria in 72 countries.
For those who are just getting started in their study of plants, the volume of material in the database can be intimidating. It is with this in mind that we created Global Plants in the Classroom, a way to share some of the Global Plants materials and expose students to their possible uses. Above all, we want to encourage curiosity and exploration. After taking a look through this guide, you should feel excited and prepared to explore the database—the work of thousands of individuals, spanning several centuries and the entire globe.
- Plant Anatomy and Morphology
- Plant Systematics
- Field Botany
- Botanical Illustration
- Fungi and Bryophytes
- Famous Botanists and Scientists
- Ethnobotany/Economic Botany
- Plants of Interest
- Horticulture for Botanists
- End Notes
How To Use Global Plants in the Classroom
Additional resources are provided for each unit. There are collections and specimens from Global Plants and articles from JSTOR. These resources do not represent all relevant materials in Global Plants or the JSTOR archive; rather, the list is intended as a starting point for students to get a sense of the types of materials available.
Assignments are intended to be suggestions for classroom instruction and applications of Global Plants. They will introduce students to searching, evaluating, and using digital objects in a research context. In order to complete the assignments, you will need to have access to Global Plants.
High Resolution Images
To view high resolution images of an object choose "Open Viewer" from the options beneath the image thumbnail. The viewer has powerful functionality including:
- Zoom: The tools at the bottom of the viewer window allow you to zoom in (+), out (-), and reset to original view.
- Pan: Click on the image and drag to move. You can also drag the image in the preview window.
- Rotate: Click the Rotate dropdown at the top of the page to open a rotated view of the image on screen.
- Measure: Click the Measure tool, then click and drag along the desired length on the displayed graphic.