When teaching parts of the flowers and pollination the concept can be difficult for some students, but any hands on activity makes learning the concept easier.
As we go through the process we build a flower on two pieces of poster board taped end to end. I will have pre-cut out the all pieces of the flower from the seed to the petals, stamen and pistil as we talk about the process of plant growth we build the flower.
As we paste the flower on the poster board each part is labeled. The students will have a copy of an unlabeled flower to label and color as our flower grows. When we have finished our class flower will be about 5 feet tall and they will have an exact copy to study from for the assessment.
The kids enjoy watching the flower grow and learn all the parts and the growth process of a flower (plant). We have even used ground up yellow chalk to emulate pollen. This activity takes the length of the lesson, about one week, and is really fun. I have also used a coy of the students as the assessment. I hope you all enjoy doing this.
Seeing the Parts of a Flower
Submitted by Cathy from Oklahoma
5th Grade Teacher
In the fall orange trumpet flowers are everywhere. (Some people call them witches claws.) I gather enough for my students plus a few extra. Then we carefully make a cut from top to bottom on one side of the flower exposing all of the parts inside.
This flower is wonderful for showing all of the flower parts. The stamen and pistils are easily identified as well as the ovary. The pollen is clearly visible also.