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Power of Flowers    Mystery 2

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Why do plants give us fruit?

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Discuss:

What do you think happened to the seeds the pear flowers should have made?

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What part of the flower turned into a pear?

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Why do you think some plants grow fruit around their seeds?

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Discuss:

Do you think a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable?

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Beginning Activity: Science Fruit or Vegetable?
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Science Fruit or Vegetable

Each student needs:

We suggest slicing foods before class and putting slices on paper plates. We used the foods listed above, but you can use other foods in place of these. Just be sure to include a mix of vegetables that have seeds (science fruits) and ones that don’t (science vegetables). If you feel that your kids could handle more of a challenge, use less familiar fruits and vegetables, such as pineapple, eggplant, kiwi, or brussels sprouts.

Here is an Answer Key for the teacher.

Optional Extras

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Activity: Bee-Free Barbecue

If you've ever been pestered by bees at a picnic, you might think that a barbecue would be better if there were no bees at all.

Not so! Without the bees to pollinate crops, your barbecue would have no mustard, no ketchup, no pickles, no lemonade.

In this activity from the Smithsonian, students explore what foods the barbecue would be missing if there were no bees. A student handout and teacher instructions are provided.

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Resource: Grow Your Own Food

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Cherries by 4028mdk09
Open field by Broo_am (Andy B)
Single pear by Xth-Floor
Flowers by Imgur
Pears seeds by Dezidor
Strawberriew by Ken Hammond, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apple flowers by Дар Ветер
Tree full of flowers by ForestWander
Video: Pear fruit swelling by Neil Bromhall
raccoon eating cherry by Shelly Cox
Apples on tree by George Chernilevsky
monkey eating banana by live-less-ordinary.com
Apple by Amada44
Send a message by ladelentes
squirrel eating orange by Mr.TinDC
airplane by The Photographer
bird eating berries by Matt MacGillivray
bird with large bill by William Warby
Cedar Waxing by Craig Gibson
pear tree (with fruit) by Paul Wood
Baby plant by JMK
pears on branch by Amber Ginsburg and Lia Rousset
pears by Imgur
Maple seeds by Dcrjsr
Inside apple by LD Cross
Bartlett pears by Peaceful Valley Company
Watermelon flower by Meighan
green pepper by Kitty W
Watermelon by Fred Hsu
green pepper flower by Jim Conrad
green pepper sprout by Barbara
Vegetables by Man vyi
Cut up watermelon by Harsha K R