Observing Progression from Flowers to Seeds

Activity will demonstrate how flowers go to seed for students who are visually impaired or blind.

I have been surprised by how many of my students don’t know what the function of flowers is for angiosperms (flowering plants).  Students’ responses to that question have included  “to smell good”,  “to feed the insects”,  or “to give your girlfriend”. 

This simple activity will connect the dots for students by allowing them to observe the progression from flowers to seeds over the spring.  This may be more feasible in the south where flowers go to seed early enough to observe this process before the students go home for the summer. 

Related vocabulary:




I like to have the students observe flowers as an introductory activity before we have studied plants but this activity would also be beneficial after initial instruction.  

NGSS Standards:

2nd grade – Interdependent relationships in ecosystems

3rd grade – Inheritance and Variation of traits: Life cycles and traits

4th grade – Structure, function, and information processing

Middle School: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems:

Middle School: Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms:

By Laura Hospitál

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