Knowing the Parts of a Flower
Objective 1: After this activity students will be able to understand the various parts of a flower and also realize the importance of flowers in reproductionObjective 2: They will appreciate nature more and learn to observe other plants and flowers in their neighborhood.
Remember, Understand, Application
Improve the quality of observation by themselves seeing the parts of a flower minutely by following the instructions given by the teacher in class
a) Flowers- Hibiscus is preferred as it has the best anatomy for understanding the parts of a flower
b) A small magnifying glass if other type of flower is used by students
c) 7-10 Thin Paper strips to be used for labeling
e) Toothpicks to stick the label and act as pointers
Ask the children to draw the parts of a flower or you can give the following sheet as assignment. in classroom
Step 1: Ask Children who can bring hibiscus / or any other seasonal flowers may bring one or two flowers to class. Remember that you must collect only fallen flowers. Do not pluck any flower. Make groups of three or four children and look at one flower carefully.
Step 2: Once they are settled, then begin the class with asking students to write what they see in the flower on the strip of paper.
1.What is the colour of the flower?
2.What kind of a scent does it have?
3.What does it look like – a bell, a bowl, a brush or anything else?
This will act as physical description of the flower
Step 3: Next question to be asked- Do these flowers grow in bunches? If yes is the answer then Why do they think so and if No is the answer then what might be the reason.
The objective here is to probe the students for their knowledge which they have gathered till now and apply it here. Answer to it obviously lies with attracting insects for pollination. But as a teacher you are building a probing attitude among the students.
Step 4: Now comes the exploring the flower further as to how insects are getting attracted.
i) So make them count the number of petals a flower has?
ii) Are all the petals joined together or separate?
iii) Outside the petals, can you see any green leafy structure?
iv) How many are there?
v) Inside the petals, in the middle of the flower, can you see
some thin structures? Write its colour.
Keep Labeling at every question which you are asking the children as shown in the picture above.
While you are explaining the structure of the flower, children will get curious to know what do insects get from the flowers and how does it help flowers in return. In case they don't ask, you ask them. If you don't get the right answer from them, then move on to the next question
i) When you touch the middle of the flower, do you find a powdery thing on your hands? What do you think that powder is?
That's how you go on further in explaining them the importance of pollination and why insects need to be attracted to the flower.
Accurate, Clearly explained, Knowledgeable, Methodical, Precise, Informative
At times things got a little chaotic coz the activity was a group setting. So the best thing to hold everyone's attention was create an impromptu quiz on the content which was being taught in classroom. Competition among them made them to sit in discipline