Bouquet of Flowers
This series of four different lab activities all relate to flower reproduction. They have been designed to relate to each other and to stand alone.
Name that Pollinator focuses on adaptations for successful pollination. Both pollen and pollen vectors are examined. Observing, data gathering, making measurements through the microscope, and constructing tables are all emphasized. This lab would work equally well in ecology, evolution, or reproduction units.
The World’s Best Artificial Flower is a cooperative learning venture which has students either construct 3-D models or write essays on a fictitious flower, pollinator, habitat system.
In Flower Dissection, students identify, remove, arrange, and tape down the essential and accessory parts of a flower. Students also examine pollen grains and the possibility of pollen tube formation.
“To form a pollen tube…or not to form a pollen tube,” allows students to design their own experiment to investigate some variable influencing pollen germination. The parts of a research paper are outlined and students are expected to follow that format when writing their final report.