Seed dispersal

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/103-seed-dispersal
Plants make seeds that can grow into new plants, but if the seeds just fall to the ground under ...

Pollination and fertilisation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/77-pollination-and-fertilisation
Sexual reproduction is a way of making a new individual by joining two special sex cells ...

Plant reproduction without seeds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/104-plant-reproduction-without-seeds
Not every plant grows from a seed. Some plants, like ferns and mosses, grow from spores. Other ...

Flowering plant life cycles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/82-flowering-plant-life-cycles
The flowers and fruit of flowering plants come and go as part of their life cycle. Some ...

Attracting pollinators

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/80-attracting-pollinators
Flowering plants need to get pollen from one flower to another, either within a plant for ...

Plant reproduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/100-plant-reproduction
Scientists divide plants into two main groups depending on whether they reproduce by seeds or ...

Methods of pollination

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/102-methods-of-pollination
Flowering plants need to get pollen from one flower to another, either within a plant for ...

Monarch butterflies

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/511-monarch-butterflies
There is a touch of irony that, in a country famous for its unique wildlife, New Zealand’s most ...

Butterfly defence mechanisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms
Butterflies are the exhibitionists of the insect world. For many invertebrates, camouflage is ...

Flowering plants

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/81-flowering-plants
Plants are living things: They grow and die. They produce young. They are made of cells. They ...

The seed-flower life cycle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/101-the-seed-flower-life-cycle
Humans have many reasons to grow plants. We use them for food, for building materials, for ...

Kiwifruit pollination problems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/72-kiwifruit-pollination-problems
Next time you eat a kiwifruit, cut it in half and look at it before taking a bite. Look for the ...

Plant parts

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/88-plant-parts
In this activity, students relate commonly eaten foods to different parts of the flowering ...

Avocado pollination

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/73-avocado-pollination
Getting good crops of avocados in New Zealand is not always easy, and pollination is part of ...

Flower parts

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/78-flower-parts
Most flowers have the same basic parts, even though they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and ...

Pollinating kiwifruit

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/99-pollinating-kiwifruit
What usually happens when you cut up a piece of fruit to eat or to put in a salad? If it is an ...

Matching seeds and fruits

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/106-matching-seeds-and-fruits
In this activity, students use activity cards to match seeds with the fruits from which they ...

Pollination – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1156-pollination-introduction
Flowers are not on plants just to make them look pretty. They are there as a vital part of a ...

Woolly sock walk

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/109-woolly-sock-walk
In this activity, students learn about seed dispersal by walking through a paddock or area of ...

Mistletoes and mutualism

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/74-mistletoes-and-mutualism
In some of the beech forests of New Zealand, bright red or yellow mistletoe flowers stand out ...

Pollination pairs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/90-pollination-pairs
In this activity, students match native flowers with their pollinators, basing predictions on ...

Citizen scientists

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/512-citizen-scientists
Citizen scientists are volunteers who participate in scientific projects. They work in ...

New Zealand native butterflies

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/697-new-zealand-native-butterflies
Big, bold butterflies like the monarch are easy to spot. If you want to see some of our ...

Butterflies (lower primary) – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/702-butterflies-lower-primary-unit-plan
This unit plan is designed for students in years 1-5. When someone mentions the word butterfly ...
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