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Book 25: Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds: Plants and Their Reproductive Parts

Levels: 1-2
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world


This unit gives children an opportunity to investigate the main reproductive parts of a flowering plant (tupu puāwai) – its flower (pua), fruit (hua), and seeds (kākano) – and to understand something of their functions. Children tend to think that plants grow mainly for people's benefit. The topic treated here underlines the concept that the whole of a plant's activity is directed towards leaving as many copies of itself as possible in the next generation. Flowers, fruit, and seeds are a means towards this end.

At this level, the focus is on a flowering plant's reproductive structures and the growth of new plants. The process of reproduction (including pollination) is covered in the levels 3 and 4 companion book, Making New Plants , Book 26 in this series.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds: Plants and Their Reproductive Parts.

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Links with other titles in the series

Companion book:

This book also has links with other books in the series:

  • Book 7: The Bush (L3-4, Living World)
    an introduction to the classification of plants

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.