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Posted on Nov 06, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

Gillispie’s Grade 2 students got to practice being bees this week in the Science Bungalow!

Mr. Edwards introduced this Earth Sciences unit by asking the children what words came to mind when they thought of flowers. This progressed into a discussion on pollination and how bees pollinate flowers to facilitate plant growth and reproduction.

To experience the process first-hand, the students created their own pollination devices using toothpicks and pipe cleaners. They ran from flower to flower gently touching their “pollinators” to the plants’ stigma, which serves as a landing zone and entrance for fertilization.

Some of the plants being pollinated were student-cultivated cucumber and wax bean plants that have recently begun to flower. The assignment was to pollinate 100 flowers, some students surpassed that goal to more than 500!

Gillispie science classes delve into Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Investigation and Experimentation.

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