Knowledge was “blooming” this week as students investigated the plant world. Students learned how scientists separate plants into groups based on their characteristics.  A bit of poetry allowed us to learn many plant facts, including what a plant’s vascular system is and the major differences between gymnosperms and angiosperms.  We investigated photosynthesis with a demonstration of how plants produce sugar and oxygen with the help of the sun.

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!



El “conocimiento floreció” esta semana mientras aprendimos sobre el mundo de las plantas. Los estudiantes aprendieron cómo los científicos clasifican las plantas en diferentes grupos según sus características. Usando una poesía aprendimos varios datos sobre las plantas, como las características de su  sistema vascular, o sobre las diferencia entre las gimnospermas y las angiospermas. También aprendimos sobre la fotosíntesis, mediante una demostración de cómo las plantas producen azúcar y oxígeno con la ayuda del sol.

Finalizamos nuestra clase con una divertida disección de un flor. Durante la disección, los estudiantes identificaron las diferentes estructuras de la flor y sus respectivas funciones. Discutimos sobre la polinización y cómo cada una de las estructuras de la flor participa en este proceso.

¡No se sorprenda su hijo o hija le pide permiso para disecar los ramos de flores de su casa!


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Phillip has a BS and MS in Biology from Western Washington University, and is currently earning a PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. His research interests are in tropical rainforest ecology and animal-plant interactions. He will be doing his doctoral dissertation research on tropical seed dispersal ecology in the montane rainforests of Rwanda. Phillip has taught though various adjunct positions at several colleges in New England, teaching biology, ecology, earth science, environmental science, and general science at Babson College, North Shore Community College, Wheelock College, Merrimack College, and Mount Ida College.

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