Flower anatomy!

FLOWERS on Thursday November 3rd !

The week before we had a lesson about bees, pollination, and a bit about flowers. So, for today’s lesson we dug a little deeper into flowers to understand a little better and make the connection of pollination.

I brought along with me a drawing of a lily, the flower we got to examine ourselves the week before. Pointing out the parts of a flower, specifically two main parts. One, the Stamen, the male part of the flower of which is made up of the filament and anther, and produces the pollen. Two, the Pistil, the female part of the flower of which is made up of the stigma, style, ovary, and where the pollen is received.We then went on some exploration time with our magnifying glasses to find flowers in the garden. They had the option of drawing a flower, and if they could, label the pistil and the stamen.

Looking at those cosmo flowers!

Looking at those cosmos flowers!

African Basil flowers so small, but so beautiful.

Examining the small African Basil Flowers!

Concentrating while drawing the flower.

Concentrating while drawing the flower.

We then gathered together, and showed them some zucchini flowers, one female and the other male. They learned that it’s different compared to the lily, as the two flowers are separate. For the female flower to become a zucchini, pollination must happen between the male and female flower. We ended with a taste of flowers! African Basil flowers, sprinkled on yummy tomatoes.

Zucchini with female flower of the left, male flower of the right sitting on a bed of African Basil flowers.

Zucchini with female flower of the left, male flower of the right sitting on a bed of African Basil flowers.

African Basil flowers sprinkled on the tomatoes.

African Basil flowers sprinkled on the tomatoes.

-Ranger Cindy