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A Dandelion's Life Cycle

Elementary

Description

This short animation guides young students through the life cycle of a dandelion.  The process begins with germination and continues through pollination, seed dispersal and regrowth.  Students will also be able to identify the requirements for plant growth after watching the film.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This video is an especially good fit for elementary science outcomes in grades 1 and 3.  It will help students understand the life cycle of flowering plants while supporting increased environmental awareness.  The study of dandelions provides a great opportunity for an associated outdoor exploration where a class can observe and describe plant growth and changes in natural habitats. 

Many people consider dandelions to be a nuisance and try to eradicate them with herbicides.   A class could learn more about the value of the plant with activities such as making salad from the greens or identifying insects that depend on the flowers.  This new learning could support a class project to promote pesticide free lawns within their community.

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Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (1)

  • Appreciating the Natural World