Case 4 - Growing Deeper
To reinforce how a flower is constructed, draw the parts of a
flower on construction paper. Cut them out and hide them in the
classroom. Develop a treasure hunt clue sheet and have the students
find the parts, bring them back, and assemble the flower in proper
Experiment with different types of rooting hormones. Use commercially
available ones as well as making mixtures that you develop. Discuss
why they are used and note if rooting occurs any faster or with
greater reliability after using them.
Discuss grafting as a plant propagation technique. Look at simple
grafting that uses cacti.
Collect pictures of flowers and have students theorize how they
might be pollinated based on the way they are constructed and
on the discussions you have had.
Take a trip to a greenhouse or garden center and note the different
types of flowers present. Look for the biggest, most colorful,
most fragrant, and most unusual flower.