This reading lesson is completely dedicated to FLUENCY and improving our reading so that we become fluent readers. This means that we:
- read at the right speed (not too fast but not too slowly so we maintain engagement),
- read and take into account the necessary punctuation (stopping at full stops, raising our voice at question marks),
- blend words correctly (so there are no robot readers) and
- speak with expression to match the atmosphere of the writing (is the character scared, excited..?)
Today read the rest of Chapter 8. Read from page 92, 'The snow was falling thickly...'
After reading, go back and read sections out loud to practise your fluency. Rehearse sections until you feel you are reading them just as the author would have intended. See if you can read out sections with speech and try to use expression when you read to show how a character is feeling.
The life cycle of plants : Lesson 3
Need : Parts of Plant Worksheet Parts of Plant Worksheet - Blank
L.I. How plants reproduce.
Introduction: Last week we looked at the life cycle of plants. Today we are looking at one part of that cycle – pollination in flowering plants. We are going to start by looking at the different parts of the flower.
Sepals – The parts that protected the petals when they first grew.
Petals – The colourful parts of the flower that surround the reproduction parts.
Carpel (Can be called Pistel) – the ‘female’ parts of the plant.
The ovary contains the female gamates (sex cells) with the style leading up to the opening at the top, called the stigma.
Stamen – thin filaments have pollen (male gamates) covered anthers at the top.
Task: Label the blank diagram with all the labels from the first one, plus add ‘male’ ‘female’ and gamates.
Teach: Describe the process as a flow diagram, to be copied down a whole page with arrows between each section. Sentences to be expanded with extra information.
Flower attracts bee ->
bee collects pollen and gets covered in pollen ->
bee is attracted to another flower of the same species ->
some pollen falls off ->
some pollen goes in the stigma, down the style, to the ovary ->
this is pollination ->
the ‘male’ gamates fertilize the ‘female’ gamates ->
seeds start to grow.
Plenary: Reinforce point that not all plants have flowers.
Some plants let their pollen be scattered by the wind (like seeds) – hayfever.
Some plants clone themselves by using their own pollen – strawberries will grow new copies of themselves when a stem touches the soil and grows roots.
If a plant doesn’t need another plant to reproduce – it is called asexual reproduction.
Add sentences around diagrams to describe these methods of reproduction.