MIDDLE SCHOOL | SCIENCE
Herbal Remedies: Myth or Medicine?
Students will learn about plants that have traditionally been used for medicinal purposes; make their own herbal remedies; research plant adaptations to understand what properties protect plants from predators and disease and how those properties might also be effective in protecting people from disease or infection; distinguish among claims; and plant an herb garden with a corresponding field guide on medicinal plants.
Concepts: Medicinal Plants
- What special adaptations do plants have that could make them useful to humans as medicine?
- What makes a plant “medicinal”?
- How do medicinal plants affect the human body?
- How can I tell if claims about herbal remedies or medicinal plants are based on folklore or backed by scientific evidence?