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    By Linda

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    Sorry it took me so long to get this posted. The flower experiment I mentioned is as follows:
    Prepare parts of a flower - you may have to adjust for class size. There are 4 centers, 3 of one color and 1 of another; 4 stems - 3 long cut from dark green paper and 1 short from dark green paper; 4 flowers (the kind drawn in lower grades with the 6 loops) - 3 from one color and 1 from another color; and 8 leaves - 6 from dark green paper and color in dark green veins, 2 from light green paper and color in dark green veins. Make enough so that each student has one of each. Place the different parts into separate boxes or some type of container labeled stems, petals, leaves and centers. Assemble the two parent plants beforehand. Parent 1: red petals, orange center, long stem, 2 light green leaves. Parent 2: white petals, yellow center, short stem, 2 dark green leaves. After discussing the parents, each student draws one from each of the boxes (they do draw 2 leaves). They then assemble their flowers and post them. Follow up with a discussion as to what traits are dominant, the same, similarities, etc. Also, if so desired, you can just make templates and then allow the students to draw them and cut their own.

    If you have any questions, please e-mail me.



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