Are you looking for a way to incorporate more engineering challenges into Life Sciences? Are you looking for a fun and creative way for your students to learn about the reproductive parts of a flowering plant? Then this is JUST the challenge you are looking for!
I created this engineering design challenge for my 4th and 5th grade students as a way to help them remember the different parts of a flower many years, and have been adding to it and improving it every year since then.
Students work in teams to create a 3 dimensional model of a flower making sure to include all of the reproductive parts of the flower. Each team member is assigned a specific role, or they may choose their role, it's up to you, as the facilitator. This lesson takes the students through the engineering design process of Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve as they work within a materials budget to construct a flower from common classroom art materials. They must blueprint their design, and must be able to point out the parts of the flower in their 3 dimensional flower, and talk about each part's role in the reproductive process.
A diagram of the parts of a flower has been included in this packet for you to laminate, complete with labels to cut apart and match to the parts of the flower for review or as a center activity. Also included in the packet is my lesson plan for the whole activity with website, video and book suggestions for extended learning, a powerpoint for presenting the challenge to your students, a materials list and cost sheet, and a blank blueprint page for the team's to create and label their blueprint of their flower on.