Subject: Botany • Class III • Time: 20 minutes
By E. H. Smeeton
The Parents’ Review, 1906, p. 491
I. To give some ideas on Pollination.
II. To encourage habits of observation on a fitting subject for the present season of the year.
III. To show how Nature adopts different methods to secure cross pollination.
Step I.—Draw from the girls: (1) The main purpose of a flower. (2) The meaning of fertilization. (3) The essential parts of a flower.
Step II.—Question them as to the different methods employed by Nature to secure pollination (self and cross).
Step III.—Give the girls certain flowers, and let them say how they are pollinated. Specimens to be examined; Dog’s Mercury, Cuckoo Pint, Oak, Primroses and Orchids.
Step IV.—Question the girls as to the different agents Nature uses to effect cross pollination, namely: wind, water, insects. Let the girls give examples of each andshow how the special flower is adapted by Nature for that kind of pollination.
Step V.—Girls read from Glimpses into Plant Life, chapter VII. to page 182.