Knowledge was “blooming” this week as students investigated the plant world. Students learned how scientists separate plants into groups based on their characteristics. We learned how plants are classified, including what a plant’s vascular system is and the major differences between gymnosperms and angiosperms.
We investigated the pollination process, trying to match different pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds and bats) with their flowers of choice. We considered flower shape, size and color.
We ended our class with a fun flower dissection. During the dissection, students worked on identifying and determining the function of the specialized structures of the flower. We discussed pollination and examined how each of the specialized structures of the flower participates in the process of pollination.
Don’t be surprised if your budding scientist asks to dissect the next bouquet of flowers that enters your house!