For the second week at Clifford on March 28th, we talked about flowers! I started off by reading a book called, “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller, which the kids really enjoyed! After finishing the book we only talked about two parts of a lily flower; the Pistil, the female, and the Stamen the male part of the flower. The pistil receives the pollen while the stamen produces the pollen grains. We then looked closely at lilies with paint brushes to look at the pollen and parts of the lily. Then went out to the garden to explore with magnifying glasses and see and if they could find more flowers and possibly the parts we just learned about. We also came to the surprise that some artichokes are almost ready and many strawberries were actually ready that we ended trying a little piece of strawberries!
One of the other things I pointed out to the students while exploring in the garden, was how plants have this survival mode of them. For example, the lettuce and other cool season veggies have bolted and started to go to seed. They bolt, produce flowers, wait for pollination and produce seeds for the next season and that’s their way of surviving since they are no longer in the cool season.