Debate Hortus

Ages of students: 10-14 years

Proposed theme: biological globalization: intentionally or unintentionally giving species of plants or animals a "lift" across land borders  to.


The Pilgrims brought us plants  that are native to the New World, including corn, tomato, tobacco, pumpkin, and sunflower.

Overarching main question: What did the plants that the Pilgrims brought from the New World bring us? 

Example statement: You can only learn about biology from an exhibition on plants from the New World.

Apply object wise 

3 parts: Object Analysis / Object Interview / Object Research  


Object Analysis 

In the class

Generic questions for object analysis  


What do you see? 

> What shape does the object have? 

> What color is the object?                                                                                         

> How does the object feel? (smooth, rough, cold, warm)    

> Can the object make noise? 

> What material is the object made of?        

> What strikes you about the object?                                                                

> Is the object an old object from the past or from now?         

> Is the object often used do you think?  

   Where do you see that? (note where it is worn or damaged) 

> What could be the function of the object? 

> Do you think the object is part of something bigger? If so of what? * 

> What kind of object is it?             

   (eg a tool, for decoration, a  utensil in the house or other room)                                           > Can the object move itself? 

> Does the object always stay the same or does it change over time?

> How does the object smell?                             


Context questions: 

Who could have used the object? 

When would the object have been used? 

Why would the object ever have been invented?  


(* If you want to bring some creativity into the object analysis, it is nice to have the students make a drawing of the object in a larger whole that it could be part of or the object in the environment it could come from; let the imagination run wild, there is no right or wrong); The disclosure follows at the end of the analysis. )  


Object interview 

In the museum 

How do you feel now that you are here in the museum? 

How does it feel when people look at you? 

Do people recognize you when they look at you? Do they know what you are? 

What does your environment look like? 

How does it feel to be this object?

Are you important to the people?

For which people?

How do you communicate with the people around you?

Can you tell us something about these people?

You probably overhear some conversations. What are people talking about?

What makes you special as an object?

How do people react to you when they see you? Are they happy, angry, sad...?

Can you tell us about the person who made you? What kind of person was/is that?

Do you have a special meaning for people?

What role do you play in the entire exhibition? Are you the main object, a connector, an actor (provoke you to action) or reactor (do you provoke reactions? or...?

Ask your own question to the object: what would you like to know?