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Good way of introducing parts of a flower to year 5 children? Help please!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by thedancingqueen, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. I'm a trainee who is going to teach the topic of life cycles after easter. I absolutely love science and I'm specialising in my primary teaching degree at university. I don't have to plan it in detail now however my teacher would like me to have a few ideas to show her this week. In my first lesson, I am going to teach children about the parts of a plant. I've heard that this class would really benefit from great science teaching to get them enthused and excited about science. They apparently love hands on activities and learning visually. I thought if I could get my hands on a microscope that would plug into my laptop, I could show a flower on the interactive whiteboard and go through the parts of it with them (like a tulip or a daffodil) and then they could look at one themselves with a partner, using magnifying glasses. I've only been in school for one day so I'm not sure what kinds of science resources they have however I have my own large set of magnifying glasses (two for a pound from the pound shop but they're actually really good quality. A great find!) I'm sure I can get a microscope from somewhere or I'm sure someone will lend me one. Is this a good way to introduce kids to the parts of a flower? (year 5 children) I want to use a real flower rather than a picture, or I'll use a photograph if necessary. I want it to be memorable.
  2. If I went ahead with this, what could I get the children to do afterwards, after me showing them the parts of a flower and them looking themselves?
  3. musicandmaths

    musicandmaths New commenter

    http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/Science/living/plants.html - a great practical demonstration that children can get involved with on the interactive whiteboard, and a good introduction.

    I've just done this, and I got the to dissect their own flowers, to try and identify the parts. Daffodils are a good shout because they're fairly easy to dissect and split up the parts (if you can't find those then lilies work just as well). I think it would be more memorable for them if they did the dissection, rather than you. The magnifying glasses sound like a good shout...
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Get them to pull daffodils apart, no magnification necessary. Also daffs at that point are dead cheap and they can have one each. Look for certain parts and stick onto the correct part of a table kind of thing. Then label what each part does, etc, etc. Can compare and contrast with a different flower if you wish....but no need. The excitement when they actually find eggs is fabulous to see.

    My favourite topic to teach and well done that school for doing it after easter when flowers are plentiful,
  5. EcoLady

    EcoLady New commenter

  6. reddevil

    reddevil Occasional commenter

    I agree with the daffodil idea. My class love massacring daffs on an annual basis!! They're brill for seeing all the parts without really needing any magnifying glasses. Just warn any hay fever sufferers about the pollen that will come off if they get too close. It's a great topic.
  7. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    I get them to "dissect" the flower and stick the parts down on paper. We have white tiles tweezers and pointers. The Year 5 love it, as they are doing "real science!"
  8. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Oh yes 'dissect'...obviously don't call it 'pull apart a daff' in your lesson plan or the lesson itself. Forgot to mention that.
  9. I've dissected daffodils and lillies with year 5 before. They love dissecting the flowers, its really nice to see even the most careless children being really accurate with the forceps etc.
    I do it by cutting off the ovary at the bottom first and then after that the rest is very easy to get.
  10. imc


    Agree with EcoLady. This model is brilliant and idal for the primary classroom as you can pass the bits around. the one I made has lasted a good 6 years. A model this size is easy for labelling ( I also made a giant bee with a glove to show pollination.The kids enjoyed the model so much they wanted to make their own at home and it made the identification of parts in the daffodil dissection much easier
  11. What to do afterwards? Read, yourself,Louis McNeice's 'Naming of the Parts' then find some Attenborough- type footage for the children of the amazing ways Nature has ensured that her charges replicate themselves. Show them how alluring are some flowers' parts, how marvellous the ways that insects and plants interact and how interdependent we all are. Segue to bees and bee death and how science is working so hard to solve a very big problem. (Lots of catkins about at the moment - great for wind pollination exemplar.)
  12. imc


    Would also recommend at some point looking at seed dispersal. If you search youtube there is a fantastic advert for a hayfever product (cant remember which one off the top of my head) which shows many types of dispersal - it was the one with the sound track of a helicopter war zone from a few years ago - brilliant to watch in slow motion
  13. Give them a Daff each and demonstrate how to dissect it. You will have to use a stanley knife to cut the ovum in half for them. Then give them all a piece of card half A4 either blue, green or red looks best. The children can label the parts ( petal, sepal, stamen etc) on the card. Have a reminder of the names on the interactive whiteboard.
    Then get your TA to shove them through the laminator two at a time in A4 laminating sheets.
    The children will then have a lasting record of the parts of a flower in a kind of exploded view.
    Don't ask me to differentiate this lesson for your plans.
    As far as I'm concerned it's differentiation by outcome all the bloody way.

    Make sure you cut through the ovum so it's not too fat to go throught the laminator.
    Make sure they put their names on the cards.
    I know Grandmother suck eggs!

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