Flower Dissection

The inherent beauty of flowers piques the interest of students as they examine the structures and biological significance of lilies and other plant forms.  Students dissect and microscopically observe the structures found in various flowers. Male and female reproductive structures are identified and students learn about the crucial role pollination plays in the production of fertile seeds and fruit.

Faculty: JoAnn Cencula - Science 7

Dates Offered

October 5, 2018
October 12, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • TED Talks: The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers is a captivating fourteen-minute talk about flowers and pollination by Jonathan Drori.

  • Day trip: The Denver Botanic Gardens include more than twenty-four acres of plants from all corners of our world. Admission is free on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

  • Road trip: Art in Bloom exhibits, which pair fresh flower arrangements next to the works of art that inspired them, are traditionally held during April at art museums in a variety of cities, typically including Boston, Columbus, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. Dates for 2019 are not yet announced.

Why Flowers?

Students are naturally curious about flowers. This hands-on STEAM seminar allows students to take flowers apart, examine the details, and develop an appreciation for the complexity of flowers and their ecological interconnectedness. Discussion of pollination and reproductive structures preview topics that will be explored in other units in the seventh-grade science classroom.