Plant Structure and Function Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn that plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. Plant Structure and Function learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
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All organisms have structures, which are the physical parts that make up an organism. The structures in an organism have different purposes, or functions. External structures are located on the outside of an organism. Internal structures are located within an organism. The functions of internal and external structures work together as part of a system in an organism. These structures support an organism’s survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Plants that have structures that transport food and water throughout the plant are called vascular plants. Examples of vascular plants are trees and flowering plants. Examples of nonvascular plants are moss, liverworts, and hornworts. A plant stem gives a plant structure and supports the growth of the plant. Tubes within a plant stem move water and nutrients upwards from the plant roots, allowing the plant to grow.
Photosynthesis occurs when plants absorb energy from sunlight through their leaves. During photosynthesis, light energy from the sun is changed into stored chemical energy that a plant can use to grow. The roots of a plant absorb water and nutrients from the soil and also give the plant support. Flowering plants have ovaries, which are located inside the flower and produce seeds. Pollination is necessary in order for a plant to reproduce. In pollination, pollen is transferred from the stamens to the stigma of a plant.
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