As a high school or undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools in teaching about plant physiology, abiotic stress in plants, climate related stress factors and their influence on plant growth and development.

This lesson plan discusses abiotic stress in plants and their effect on plant physiology. Students will learn about plant stress responses like acclimation and adaptation to environmental changes due to climate change. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences.

Grade Level: High School, Undergraduate
Discipline: Biological Sciences
Topics: Abiotic Stress,Stress Physiology, Temperature Variation, Heat Stress, Phenotypic Plasticity, Acclimation in Plants, Adaptation in Plants, Physiological Plasticity
Climate Topic: Climate and the Biosphere
Location: Global
Languages: English
Access: Online

Learning outcomes

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  • define abiotic stress in plants and describe the factors causing it
  • understand plant stress physiology
  • describe the role of stomata in plants under abiotic stress like high temperature and low water availability
  • distinguish between acclimation and adaptation responses to abiotic stress in plants
  • understand how plants respond phenotypically and physiologically to climate related factors
Lesson plan contributed by Dr Neeti Mehla and Dr Aditi Kothari Chhajer, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India