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Start-Up Activities

Flowering Plant Life Cycle

LAUNCH Lab Make this Foldable to help you
organize what you learn about
What are plant the life cycle of a flowering
reproductive structures?
Have you ever noticed that sometimes flowers seem to STEP 1 Mark the center of a piece of
appear suddenly on trees, shrubs, and other plants in the notebook paper. Fold the top and bottom
spring? Have you picked up a cone while walking under edges so that they meet at the center and
pine trees and wondered why these trees have cones? form two equal tabs.
Like many organisms, plants have reproductive struc-
tures and reproduce sexually. Mosses, ferns, conifers,
and flowering plants have unique reproductive struc-
tures. Investigate these structures during this lab.
STEP 2 Fold the paper in half from
1. Read and complete the lab safety form. side to side.
2. Create a data table to record your observa-
tions and measurements of the plant repro-
ductive structures your teacher gives you.
3. Observe the reproductive structures of a
moss, fern, conifer, and flowering plant.
Record your observations in your data table.
STEP 3 Open the fold and cut along
Analysis the fold lines to form four tabs.
1. Identify the similarities and differences in the
reproductive structures of the plants.
2. Describe how flowering plants might use
flowers to reproduce based on what you
already know about plants.
STEP 4 Using a colored pencil or pen,
sketch and label the stages of the
sporophyte generation for flowering
plants on three of the tabs. Then, using a
different colored pencil or pen, sketch and
label gametophyte generation on the
Visit to: remaining tab.
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Section 23.3. As you study the section, diagram
to virtual dissections
and record what you learn about alternation of
access Web links for more information,
generations in flowering plants.
projects, and activities
review content online with the Inter-
active Tutor and take Self-Check Quizzes

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