Plant Reproduction Strategies Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn about the vehicles and processes of plant reproduction. The Plant Reproduction Strategies learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.
Because plants can’t move around freely, they depend on natural forces like wind, water, insects, and other animals to help them reproduce. Plants are equipped with special structures that help aid in that process.
Flowering plants have pollen that comes off very easily, either rubbing off on animals or blowing in the wind. They also have a stigma, a sticky female organ that catches pollen.
The scents and colors of flowers attract certain pollinators. Depending on their shape, they can also provide shelter for small insects. These insects pick up pollen and transport it to the next flower they come in contact with.
Plants also develop special adaptations to spread their seeds. Some seeds are covered with spines, called burs, that hook onto animals passing by and fall off in a new location to grow. Pine cones hold seeds inside them, only opening during warm, dry weather when it’s easier for the seeds to fertilize. Dandelions have cottony seeds that blow away in the wind and spread all over.
Reproducing with another plant is called sexual reproduction, and it improves genetic variation within a species. Some plants are also capable of asexual reproduction, which doesn’t require another plant, instead making new plants that are genetically identical to their parent.
A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.
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