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A plant's world

Ecolinc
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.


Key Learning Question

What does a plant need to grow, survive and reproduce?


Learning Intentions

In this program 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

Science – Biological sciences

  • 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)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh).

Onsite:

☞ A plants world

Outreach:

☞ Peter Pans seeds