*A fun way to reinforce the concept is to take the parts of your fake flowers and mix them with the parts of mr. potato head (or some other representation of human or other anatomy). Have the students take turns pulling out an item and determining which anatomy it belongs to.
- Roots help the plant absorb water and nutrients from the soil. They also help keep the plant solidly in the ground.
- The stem pushes the flower up so that pollinators can easily find and access the flower. It also serves as a "straw" that brings the nutrients from the roots to the other parts of the flower.
- Leaves spread out and absorb sunlight, which the flower can amazingly turn into food through photo(light)synthesis(making).
- Pollen is the yellow dust in the center of the bloom. It gets spread to other flowers and that is where baby flowers come from (jk, but I do keep this as simple as possible). Pollinators are a great tangent here.
- Petals stand out and attract the pollinators. Some even protect the flowers by having a unique shape, or by opening and closing (cool time lapse demonstration).