Imagine the Earth is going to be destroyed by an asteroid colliding into it. There is a space ship leaving Earth and you have been chosen to go on it. You are allowed to take six plants with you from the Plant Cultures list. Which ones would you take? Why? Are there any other plants that you would take? Why?
Write a short story about your final days on Earth, collecting your plants and packing them up. Don't forget to say why you chose them.
Plants cannot produce seeds until they have been pollinated. Then they disperse (scatter) them in different ways. Some seeds use the wind, some use animals, some use water and some scatter themselves by exploding.
How do you think coconut, cotton, mango and poppy seeds are dispersed?
Write a story about dispersal of the seeds of a Plant Cultures plant. In groups, perform your story.
Gardener's worldCultural gardens
You could grow some of national flowers to create a cultural garden in your school grounds.
To symbolise the sense of touch in your garden, make a clay print of one of your hands or feet. When it is dry you could decorate it using henna patterns.
In your school grounds you could have an area for growing food.
Make a gardenPlant care
Keep a daily plant care diary. Record how much water has been given, where your plants are positioned, whether you have given them any fertiliser.
Measure growth, such as height and circumference of stem. How many shoots, leaves or flowers can you count? You could take photographs or make a sketch as a record.
Make labels for your plant pots.
Use some of the glossary terms to describe what is growing in the pot.
Be an animal detective. Investigate any signs of wildlife in your school grounds. What signs do you need to look for?
Mughal gardensUse your design to make a tactile (touchy) wall hanging. Collect different materials to attach on to it.