Discovering Flowers

The Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Ever wonder why a flower looks the way it does? Or what the different parts of a flower are for? In this lesson, you will explore the structure of flowers and learn about flower parts and what they do. You will examine a flower and draw and label different parts of your flower.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 

Students will...

  • Identify four flower parts; the peduncle, receptacle, sepal, and petal.
  • Use their senses to make observations.
  • Begin understanding how function informs structure in flowers.
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Teaching Notes: 
  • In the lesson, we ask students to label four of the nine common flower parts. To extend the lesson, have students label all nine parts. Check out the references section for links to plant identification resources.
  • This lesson can be extended to a science lab with an emphasis on students making inferences and observations of the plant parts.
    • Observation: Gathering information through the five senses. Scientists use sight, smell, hearing, states, and touch to learn about the world.
    • Inferences: Explanations of observations. Inferences are based on your experiences and what you know.
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of Know, Sow, Grow this is lesson three.
  • This lesson is adapted from our Flower Discovery Lesson and amended for the home classroom. We encourage you to extend using our original lesson.