Parts of a Flowering Plant

Parts of a Flowering Plant

As a whole class activity for the interactive whiteboard it is an excellent Resource.

In the first part of the activity you are required to drag the various parts of a flower to the appropriate box on the screen. Once you have done this you can click on the magnifying icon in each box which gives details of the precise form and function of the different flow parts : petal, sepals, carpel, nectaries stamens and receptacle.

On the next screen, a more detailed diagram requires that the names of the various flower parts be dragged into the correct place to label the parts.

There is a help screen available to explain the activity. Each dragged item springs back into place when placed wrongly. As the default for pupils would be simply to drag everything until it fits, thus learning very little, this activity would be best paced by the teacher and used for dis cushion with a view to getting each element placed correctly the first time.

There is also Text and a  Quiz to accompany this activity. This activity is a Flash based animation and, as such, will not play on some tablets.

Parts of a Flowering Plant by BBC


The Human Body: Teeth and Eating

The Human Body: Teeth and Eating by Manchester University

All you need to know about teeth.

With an introduction by Professor Liz Kay of Manchester University this is a comprehensive suite of resources containing both information and interactive activities all about teeth.

From the structure and types of teeth, through how they develop and fit in the mouth to interactive games around the theme of teeth, there is plenty for pupils to go at.

The information sections end in a quiz and pupils can pick up a code for correctly answering the quiz and enter these in the final claim Your Stamp screen to receive an award from the University by email.

This works on desktop computers and likely some tablets but as in requires Adobe Flash plugin it will not work on iPads.

The Human Body: Teeth and Eating by Manchester University

Science : The Biology of Plants

The Biology of Plants by Missouri Botanical Gardens

A wealth of age appropriate information about plants.

If plants, their parts and their lifecycle is your science topic then all the information you need is here.

Germination, pollination, seed dispersal and the way different plants have adapted to suit their environment is all covered.

This is good old fashioned textual information interspersed with appropriate diagrams, images, animations and video clips – ideal for a research project in upper Key Stage 2 (9-11 years)

There is also a section detailing the importance to life on Earth.

The Biology of Plants by Missouri Botanical Gardens

Earth in Space : Gravity and Orbits

Earth in Space : Gravity and Orbits By Colorado University

This excellent simulation depicts the orbit of the Earth around the Sun and to show the effects of increases and decreases in the gravitational force governing the Earth’s orbit.

In addition, there is an option to show the orbit of the moon around the Earth.

Users can increase ir decrease the gravitational pup of the sun or the earth and watch the effects on screen. The orbit may change its distance from the Sun or become elliptical depending on the relative gravitational force of the two celestial bodies.

In extreme cases the Earth may even crash into the Sun or drift off into outer space.

This activity is both instructional and provides great subject matter for discussion about what wold happen to life on Earth in a variety of circumstances

Gravity and Orbits By Colorado University

All about spring…

Another high quality series from Topmarks. This science based resource also has has separate link section for KS1 with simplified text at an appropriate reading level and differentiated images.

A suite of web pages ideal for introducing pupils to researching a topic on the internet, it begins by explaining the concept of ‘spring’ as a season, defines when spring occurs and what events to expect to happen in spring.

This is followed up with information about the weather and the behaviour of animals, explaining that young animals are often born during the season. A series of screens explains that calves and lambs are born in spring and also follows the story of a family of great tits in detail.

Science is further supported by a detailed study of the life cycle of a frog and the growth of plants: trees, flowers and vegetables.

There is also a Maths game and a video about nesting birds as well as a series of spring themed printables. The video and the game appear to be flash based and may not play or some tablets and hand held devices.

How does sound travel through air?

A demonstration of how particles vibrate and collide with one another to create sound. When a drum is hit, the air particles next to the drum skin vibrate and collide with other particles, and this vibration is then transmitted through the air. This is known as wave compression, which allows sound to travel quickly through the air.

Could be used as starting point to understanding sound. Pupils could use drums to emulate sound effects.

The clip could also be used to set up their own sound vibrations with children in a line to visually reinforce the point, as per the clip. It could be used to reinforce any misconceptions.

How does sound travel through air? by