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Reproduction and Life Cycles - Part 1

Aimed at primary level, this resource looks at parts of a flower and the role they play in reproduction. A range of activities are provided which build on their understanding of the parts of a plant. These include: a dissection of a flower to see its parts – the sepals, petals, stamens and stigma, style and ovary,...

Reproduction and Life Cycles - Part 2

Aimed at primary level, this resource looks at pollination, fertilisation, fruit formation and seed dispersal. It includes activities in which children observe the different types of fruits and their means of dispersal and develop an understanding of their importance in...

Gum Fun: Investigating Plant Gums

Plant gums are often used in the food industry as thickening and stabilising agents. Gums are water soluble polysaccharides, such as starch and cellulose. In this activity, students investigate what happens to the texture when different polysaccharides are mixed.

When solutions of some polysaccharides are...

What Is Wood?

This student sheet invites students to consider lignification in detail. Students take thin sections from successive internodes of the shoot and calculate the lignification index of each section. These can then be compared with sections from other parts of the plants to consider where lignin is deposited in other...

Investigating Vernalisation and Creating Genetic Crosses

Vernalisation offers an interesting example of the way that plants have evolved to exploit the predictability of seasonal change and, in this case, to ensure that flowering occurs at an appropriate time. It also gives an example of how environmental factors control and...

Koch's Postulates

This protocol allows students to demonstrate and test Koch’s Postulates using apples infected with the fungus Penicillium expansum. The required experimental work extends over 3 to 4 weeks, but the essential steps can be demonstrated in a single practical session if students are provided with cultures and infected...

A Leaf in Time - a Popular Introduction to Photosynthesis

This ebook aimed at upper primary, will also be of interest and value to older pupils. Using photosynthesis as a link it looks at a range of topics including: the diversity of plants, plant and animal cells, respiration and photosynthesis, climate change, greenhouse effect, and energy conservation.

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Are You a Plant Eater? - Plants in Our Daily Lives

In this activity, aimed at lower primary level, children become familiar with a range of fruit and vegetables and develop an awareness of the parts of a plant that are eaten. Children handle and observe the texture, smell, and colour of different fruit and vegetables. They then decide in groups which part of a...

Composting, Recycling and the Curriculum

This sheet provides an overview of what happens during the composting process, thinking about the microorganisms involved in the decomposition of plant material. It offers ideas for monitoring temperature change within a compost heap over time and information on how to start your own compost heap.

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Create a Flower

In this activity children learn about the parts of a flower by constructing a flower from a selection of materials. Once created the flowers can be used to discuss the role of each part in reproduction. Further ideas can be found in the full resource...

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