Flower Dissection at San Pedro

Flower Dissection at San Pedro

Students at San Pedro have been dissecting various items in their science classes, so for this week’s garden class we had a chance to dissect a flower and answer the puzzling question, “where do seeds come from?”

After students made a few guesses about what they thought might be inside their flowers, we opened them up. Inside we found the anthers, covered with pollen and a pistol waiting to receive pollen from other flowers. Then, hiding at the very bottom of the pistol, each flower had 4 little green eggs waiting to be pollinated! Several students looked up after discovering those tiny green eggs and exclaimed, “Woah, that’s so cool!”

At the end of class, we played a pollination game where students “pollinated” flowers by moving beads from an anther cup to a pistol cup. Those industrious bees managed to find and pollinate every flower before the end of class!

A "busy bee" moves "pollen" from the anther cup to the pistol cup
A “busy bee” moves “pollen” from the anther cup to the pistol cup
We were able to observe several honey bees pollinating our garden flowers!
We were able to observe several honey bees pollinating our garden flowers!

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-ranger eleanor