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Life Cycles of a Flowering Plant

By the end of this lesson you should be able to describe the process of sexual reproduction in flowering plants.



The following activity is best done practically. Children will be able to relate much better to the task if they have a real, flowering plant to work with.  Good examples to use are the lily or tulip because their reproductive parts are clearly identifiable.


To begin, watch the following BBC video about the anatomy of the flowering plant and how it reproduces.  You may need to watch it more than once to fully understand the process.  You can also use it to help you complete the dissection, labelling and description activity.  Remember you can pause the video and use the information on screen.



Now that you have watched the video, it's time to reinforce this learning with some more factual knowledge. Read carefully through the following slides that tell you all about the anatomy of the flowering plant and the function of each reproductive part.

Now, show what you have learnt by completing the Dissecting Flowers activity. This is best done with a real, flowering plant such as a lily or a tulip. If you've got a real flower, choose Dissecting Flowers 1. If you haven't got a real plant, choose Dissecting Flowers 2.