This English translation of the „Baustein Wurzelpädagogik“ is a service provided by the Sustainicum team. Currently, it has not been approved by the authors.
This building block was created in cooperation with Dr. Monika Sobotik of the Institute for Plant Sociology, Klagenfurt.
Basic idea of the building block
This building block is designed to explore the topic of roots and should provide insight into research on roots.
The building block is comprised of the following elements:
- Root-unearthing exercise in the field or laboratory
Appointments for the root-unearthing workshop in the field or laboratory can be made upon request at IHLW
- Root experience kit:
Root “Memory” (card game); including instructions
Recipes – culinary
Article on roots
Instructions to unearthing roots
- Provided material: PowerPoint presentation and instruction for implementation
Description of the building block
Unearthing roots in the field or laboratory
The technique of unearthing roots, for example as used for the root atlas series, will be explained within the framework of a workshop. The location of the unearthing is selected with consideration to the target group in question (e.g. soil profiles with different soil cultivation, test fields, mountainous locations). Alternatively the root unearthing can be carried out using “flowerpot” trials. For this purpose the appropriate plants are raised in the climatic exposure cabinet of IHLW.
Root experience kit
The root experience kit includes multiple components, all of which deal with root-plant interactions. The kit more closely illustrates root systems and plants that are of great importance, particularly in agriculture. The components of the root experience kit can be used in the course depending on time and target group constraints.
Root “Quartet”: The game is comprised of eight groups of four matching cards and can be played with three or four persons. “Quartet” playfully shows the different root systems of plants.
Root “Memory”: The game is made up of 16 pairs that depict selected plants and their root systems. The pairs are matched by the root system of the plant, the card’s colored border, or soil profile.
Further components of the root experience kit include: culinary recipes, herbarium puzzle (5 versions), an article on roots, and instructions to unearthing roots.
- Presentation material (PowerPoint presentation) for the presenter
- Implementation instructions for use during the course
Application during the course
The application of this building block can be individually adjusted for each course and is explained in the instructions for implementation.
The following agenda is recommended (see presentation material)
- Lecture on the subject of roots
- Explanation of root-unearthing
- Root experience kit
- Follow-up talk and discussion
Aha- effect for students
Application in the classroom allows students a playful and sensory-oriented encounter with the topic of roots. In this way the building block broaches the topics of composition, functions, diversity and qualities of various roots and root systems. Gleaning an understanding of the material in this way provides the basis for a sustainable practical application (for example water management, agriculture, engineering, and forestry amongst others).
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