Abstract: This module provides great flexibility. You can choose some or all of the activities. Each section is posted in separate pdf files on the PlantingScience website, on the Plant Themes / Pollen page. Activity Set A is a basic orientation to plant anatomy in relation to where pollen is found in flowers and cones, viewing pollen with a compound microscope, and growing pollen tubes. The pollen tube activity is ideal for a guided or open inquiry investigation. Activity Set B outlines protocols and suggestions for inquiry investigations into atmospheric pollen. Activity Set C outlines protocols and suggestions for inquiry investigations into animal pollinators and their interactions with flowers. Each Activity Set contains a summary, list of materials, protocols, possible inquiry questions, background information, and additional resources and references. Availability of pollen-shedding plants and weather conditions will affect choice of activities and timing of session participation. The documents offer suggestions for online dialogue with scientist mentors for ideas, feedback and suggestions.
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