Teacher's Guide for ASK ® Plants
This teacher guide was prepared by Betty Lou Askin, a retired elementary school principal from Toronto, Ontario.
Introduction: pre-reading activity
Scoops (pg. 2-3)
Whale of a Tooth
What is a narwhal?
- How long is its tooth?
- Describe the tooth.
- How does the tooth help the narwhal?
Harry Potter and the Empty Emergency Room
How did Harry Potter help keep the emergency room empty?
Nestor's Dock (pg. 4-5)
Why Are There Flowers? (pg. 6-13)
Vocabulary: species, gymnosperms, prehistoric, pollen, carpels, angiosperms, orchid, anther, stigma, pollinator
Before reading this article, ask the students to answer the questions.
- How many plants have flowers?
- Where do plants grow?
Din-Din for Dinos
From Carpel to Apple
How Flowers Changed the World
When Plants Get Hungry (pg. 14-19)
Vocabulary: nutrition, carnivorous, chlorophyll, carbon dioxide, protein, nitrogen, unwitting, devious, prey, nectar, exoskeleton, digestive enzymes
Plant IQ Test (pg. 20)
Enjoy the quiz.
Strangler in the Rainforest (pg. 21-23)
Why is a rainforest a good place for plants to grow?