The Plants and the Bees: Plant Reproduction

This video explains the difference between gametophytes and sporophytes and uses this this information to teach the reproduction process of various vascular plants. Viewers see how ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms reproduce. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Dissect flowers (recommended to use lilies) and have learners draw the reproductive parts of a vascular plant
  • Instruct pupils to dissect pine cones (both male and female) and have them draw the differences between the two
  • Have your class compare gymnosperms and angiosperms using a venn diagram
Classroom Considerations

  • Video assumes students have already watched or learned about reproductive ways of nonvascular plants
  • Video 38 in a series of 40
Pros

  • Includes a table of contents so teachers can show only specific segments
  • Interesting discussion of lodgepole pines and their need for fire to reproduce
Cons

  • The narrator speaks quickly and uses a ton of new vocabulary which may overwhelm some
Common Core