Listening - A plant scientist talks about water

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Listening series - C105

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Why do plants need water? How do different plants cope with a drought?

Lesson idea. With water shortages and hosepipe bans in the news, plant scientist Helen Holmes talks about the importance of water and how plants respond to a lack of it. Helen is based at the University of Cambridge Department of Plant Science and works on projects with Rothamstead Research in Hertfordshire. The supplied questions help to focus students' attention and prompt a discussion.

Teaching approach. This ten-minute recording entitled 'science has a use after school' was made for a local radio show. Audio podcasts(tool), of which this is one, replace easily-missed radio shows and keep us informed. Universities also create podcasts, and just some teachers do too, gaining the unusual advantage that a podcast easily gets into a student's music player. Students might also like to think about how they communicate(tool) and making their own podcast. (edit)

Resource details
Title Listening to scientists - a plant scientist talks about water
Topic Science
Learning Objectives

Understanding why plants need water and how they cope with a lack of it.

Format / structure

Audio podcast (mp3) - 10 minutes

Age of students / grade

Useful information

Edited from The Science Show on Cambridge 105 FM.

Files and resources to view and download

Radio - audio: interview Helen Holmes (10 minutes) Right click to Save. Or click to use There are some suggested questions and discussion prompts here


This resource was created by Roger Frost, and is under the ORBIT's CC licence.


This resource was created by Roger Frost, and is under the ORBIT's CC licence.