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Algae, Fungi, & Higher Plant Life Cycles

The attached PowerPoint file contains images suitable for quizzes, tests, and student study aids of plant and fungi life cycles. The images are all drawn in the same format so that students can focus on the fundamental features of the life cycles and not be confused by irrelevant features. Each set of images begins with the complete, fully labeled life cycle. Next comes the same life cycle but with all of the labels blanked out. Each subsequent pair of slides contains first, a drawing of the life cycle with most of the labels blanked out and one highlighted in red, and then the same drawing with the correct label placed in the red box. The file contains images of both the three basic life cycles (Monobiontic Diploid, Monobiontic Haploid, Dibiontic), and life cycles of representative organisms of the following divisions: Chlorophyta Ulvophyceae - Ulva; Chlorophyta Ulvophyceae - Cladophora; Phaeophyta - Laminaria; Rhodophyta Polysiphonia; Ascomycota - Saccharomyces (yeast); Ascomycota - mycelial Ascomycota; Basidiomycota Teliomycetes Pucinia; Myxomycota; Psilotophyta; Lycophyta Lycopodium; Lycophyta - Selaginella/Isoetes; Pteridophyta - leptosporangiate ferns; Coniferophyta; Cycadophyta; Anthophyta. Students usually learn the basic life cycles first, then move on to the more complex life cycles. I have found it beneficial to teach the life cycles in the order in which they are listed above. The life cycles are presented in alphabetical order by Division. The slides can be used from within PowerPoint, or exported to other formats with the File/Export function of PowerPoint.
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General Biology Core Concepts
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Keywords Life Cycles,Higher Plants,Fungi,Algae,Brown Algae,Green Algae,Red Algae,Sac Fungi,wheat rust,cellular slime mold,plasmodial slime mold,Psilotum,Ferns,Lycopodium,Selaginella,Flowering Plants,diagrams
Key taxa Chlorophyta,Ulvophyceae,Phaeophyta,Rhodophyta,Ascomycota,Teliomycetes,Myxomycota,Psilotophyta,Pteridophyta,Lycophyta,Coniferophyta,Anthophyta
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Pedagogical Use Description The images can be used to create flash cards for student use, or exam questions.
Uniqueness These are the only life cycle diagrams that are drawn in a standardized format across divisions of plants and fungi. Using standardized drawings helps the students pick out the parts of the life cycles that differ between taxa. They are not distracted by differences in the way the life cycles are drawn, and thus can focus on the most salient features of the life cycles.
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Full Name of Primary Author Bruce K. Kirchoff
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Primary Author Affiliation Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402
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Submitter Name Bruce K. Kirchoff
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Date Of Record Submission 2015-08-22
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Date Of Record Release 2016-03-14 13:08:48
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Date Last Modified 2016-03-14 13:08:48
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