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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



Notebooking


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.