From Flower to Fruit
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Ward, Joy A. Hope Community Academy
1) Students will learn that flowers have essentially four parts.
2) Students will learn both the male and female reproductive parts of the flower.
3) Students will learn about self-pollination and pollination by insects and other
Equipment and Materials
Petri dishes Lily plants
Dissecting kits Geranium plants
Scotch tape Gladiola plants
Magnifying glasses Apples
Saran wrap Spices
Construction paper Fruits
Overhead projector Nuts
Prepared transparency Olives
Prepared worksheets Honey
Silk scarf Indigo
Display flowers, scarf, pictures and edible items at front of the
(Phenomenological Approach) - Students will answer questions about the flowers,
honey, dye, pictures, etc. Example: What do you notice? Possible answers: flowers,
fruit, colors, etc. Show picture of bee pollinating flower. Ask: What do you know
about bees and flowers? Possible answers: Bees make honey, insects pollinate flowers.
Students will use handouts to identify the parts of a flower and the sub-parts.
Demonstrate the parts that are male and female by use of the overhead projector.
Use a transparency of flower diagram.
Use a sample flower (lily) to show the studied parts.
Pass the lily around the classroom for each student to see.
Students will show knowledge of the parts of a flower by dissecting a lily and/or a
gladiola. They will affix each part on a prepared sheet and label the parts.
Show picture of apple flower and cross-section of an apple. Teacher will cut an apple
in half and show the remnants of the pistil. Teacher will cut the apple crosswise to
show the ovules. (eggs)
Students will eat products of the flower: seeds, nuts, raisins, etc. Students will
observe the cut apple and cross-section and then eat the parts. Students will color
labeled sheets for take-home or bulletin board display. Students will place dissected
plant sheet on construction paper for bulletin board or take-home.
Dissect pollen tubes and count number of pollen grains. Calculate length of time it
takes pollen to travel down the tube using worksheet suggested from United Graphics.
(see resources) Rate = distance/time
Flower Power, United Graphics, Inc. 1979
Leo's Florist 407 E. 71st Street 723-6579
The Botany Coloring Book (see Nasco Science Catalog)