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Botany, Seeds, Flowers, Pollination & Fruits

Sharing what we've been up to for Science this summer with Exploring Creation with Botany.

This is my second time through this book in my homeschool and it is one of my favorites of all the books in the Young Explorer series that we've been through so far (which is all but the newest one).

So far we are averaging about a week per unit (with a few weeks off for vacation and summer camps), so we need a good 6 more weeks of summer to finish if we stay on track. 

We are using the printable notebooking pages available in the Extras link mentioned in the book. 

Here's what we've been up to. . . 

Lesson 1: Intro to Botany, Taxonomy, Angiosperms, Gymnosperms, Seedless Vascular and Nonvascular Plants

Classifying shoes


Building a light hut

Growing seedlings

Designing a notebook cover

Notebooking for Lesson 1

Lesson 2: Seeds, Monocots & Dicots

Examining a been seed embryo

Labeling the parts of a seed

Learning about seeds

and finding unusual seed coats. 

Creating our own seeds and plants they grow into: "The Bee Plant" and "The Creeping Vinebury"

Doing experiments

Writing up lab reports a.k.a. scientific speculation sheets

Learning about monocots and dicots

Finding examples of monocots

and dicots

Witnessing the start of a strawberry, which led nicely into our next lesson

Lesson 3: Flowers

Dissecting a flower

Naming flower parts

Labeling flower parts

Labeling a flower

Creating flowers ~ the Lion Plant and the Firefly Plant - the flowers light up like fireflies :) 

Lesson 4: Pollination

Learning about pollinators 

We studied butterflies in more depth for Bo's row of Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Learning about seed dispersal

Learning about human seed dispersal :) 

And animal dispersal

Lesson 5: Fruits

Counting seeds for a spiritual application

Learning one seed produces many seeds, so plant those seeds!

Learning all about fruits.

We are off to a good start on Lesson 6 so I hope to catch up this week and finish leaves and start roots. Then we're off to stems, trees, and gymnosperms! 

You may have noticed that some of our learning tied in nicely with our row of The Carrot Seed. Love that! 

Hope you are having a great summer! Wish I could say I'd be back with some great back-to-school posts, but I can't. We are still very much in summer mode and will be through the month of August.