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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 3/Day 2- Budding Botanist (Rising 1st)

Posted by on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in SAVY.

With lab coats on, our budding botanists learned all about the structure and function of flowers. The highlight of our day was flower dissection. We dissected lilies, finding the pistil, stamen, stigma, ovule, anther, filament, sepal…and petals and stems! Your scientist’s observation skills are growing already, as they shared many ‘noticings’. The video, “How a seed becomes a plant” helped us synthesize our seed information from yesterday and our new knowledge of flower parts from today.

As scientists, we are also learning various methods to record our findings, so it can benefit our and other’s future experiments. It will be exciting to see how our knowledge grows as we record insights from tomorrow’s field trip to the Vanderbilt Greenhouse.

We wrapped up our morning learning about seed dispersion, how seeds travel. You might enjoy conversing with your budding botanist after watching this 12 minute video from Cornell about seed dispersal [wind, animal, fire]. They were especially amazed at the cone resin, which melts at the heat of a forest fire that is hot enough to kill adult plants. The seeds then are released, regenerating the land that now gives them access to sun, water, nutrients, space.

Thanks for sharing your botanist with us. It is a joy learning together.

Mrs. Pfister

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