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A plant’s world

Onsite
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Plants are a living organism. There are over 300,000 species on earth, of which 250,000 produce flowers. Unlike animals, that need to eat already processed food, plants are able to produce their own food through a chemical process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the production of sugars from carbon dioxide, minerals and water, in the presence of sunlight.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Identify the parts of a flower.
  • Understand the importance of birds, bees and butterflies in pollination.
  • Learn how to propagate plants via seeds and cuttings.
  • Recognize that soil requires the correct pH and water content.

Activities

Students will:

  • Dissect a flower and draw the structure.
  • Explore the role of birds, bees and butterflies in pollination.
  • Propagate seeds and cuttings in the glasshouse.
  • Undertake soil pH and soil moisture tests in the laboratory and determine the correct levels for flowering plants.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

Outreach

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