The World's Smelliest Flower

The Corpse Flower gets its name honestly, as it smells like a corpse. But why do some flowers smell good and some smell bad? Watch a video that explains the science around flower scents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Research other plants that give off a good or bad scent
  • Do a nature walk around the school and have learners observe and record the flowers they see in their science journal, taking note of their smells
Classroom Considerations
  • Best suited for an upper elementary science classroom
  • Resource is part of a photosynthesis-focused series of videos
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides real-world images that help make the content relevant for viewers
  • Works well in a flipped classroom
  • Speaker is a fast talker
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