Investigators Activity 1: Daisy Observation

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This resource aimed at upper primary level links to work on plant reproduction and life cycles whilst teaching skills of observation and quadrat sampling. Children choose a selected quadrat where daisies grow in the local environment and visit it over the course of several weeks. They observe and record any changes in the daisies as they grow, flower and fruit.

Teacher guidance is included along with images of daisies at different points in their life cycle. Instructions are provide for how to collect and bank seeds from the daisies and other wild plants. Information about the importance of collecting seeds and Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank project are provided, though the deadline for sending seeds to them has now passed.

This resource is part of The Great Plant Hunt, which is designed to encourage children to draw inspiration from the life and work of Charles Darwin to develop their understanding of the natural world. It was created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

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