The Early Years: First Explorations in Flower Anatomy by: Peggy Ashbrook

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Help children explore the idea that there are many different flower shapes, all with the function of forming seeds, by allowing children to dissect flowers after drawing them, using their fingers or plastic picnic knives. As children take apart the flowers, they are involved in many parts of science investigations referred to in state and national standards, including counting, measuring, describing things and comparing with others’ observations, and using tools such as magnifiers.

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  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:09 PM

Flowers are pretty and most children love to look at them. This simple activity has three goals: to compare the similarity and differences between plants, to learn some basic flower parts, and to learn how to use a scientific tool –a magnifying lens. Students use diagrams to describe differences and to make some observations that will eventually lead to how seeds are formed.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:04 AM

Children love flowers and enjoy observing, drawing and taking them apart. This natural tendency is discussed in this article and explicit directions are given in a lesson plan on how to do this in the classroom.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:16 PM

This article though short gave me a lot of information. Ideas for exploration, children's lliterature, and lesson plans. It was great.

Cindy Catapano
Cindy Catapano

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