Mystery Science: Why Do Plants Grow Flowers?

In this e-lesson, students learn how and why flowers are pollinated. Students will make flower models out of paper and bee models out of pipe cleaners. Students fly their bees from flower to flower and observe what happens to the flower’s pollen during this process. This is a great lesson that can be easily adapted to squash flowers by coloring the flowers yellow. This would be a good place to introduce male and female flowers on cucurbits. The “Identifying Male and Female Squash Flowers and How to Hand-Pollinate” video explains pollination in cucurbits and shows the male and female flowers.