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    Catoctin Mountain

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Parts of a Plant

A plant and its flower have different parts that all play a special role. In this activity, you will discover what each part does in helping the plant to survive and reproduce to make the seeds for new plants.

Let's start from the bottom of the plant and work up to the flower.

Roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil and hold the plant firmly in the ground.

Stems hold the plant upright and support it. They also transport water, minerals and sugars to the leaves and roots.

Leaves carry out photosynthesis, which is the process of converting light energy, carbon dioxide and water into chemical energy making food for the plant in the form of sugars.

When a flower is a bud, it is surrounded by sepals, which in many cases are green, as in this example. They protect the flower bud and are behind/underneath the petals when the flower opens. Together, all of the sepals are called a calyx.

Petals are often showy and some are brightly colored to attract insects who can pollinate the flower.

Stamens are the male organs of the flower. They have the pollen. The pollen is carried to the pistil (the female organ of a plant) of the same plant or another plant by insects, wind, water, animals or gravity. This is called pollination. When the pistil receives pollen, it is fertilized and will produce seeds.

The Pistil is the female organ of a flower. The ovary is the bottom part of the pistil and it becomes the seeds after the flower has been pollinated.

For this activity, look at the drawing of the plant below and answer the questions.
 
Parts of a plant. The letter “A” represents showy and brightly colored parts of a flower that can attract insects who can pollinate the flower. The letter “B” represents the parts of the plant that protect the flower bud and are underneath/behind the petals. The letter “C” represents the female organ of the plant that produces the seeds after pollination. The letter “D” represents the male organs of the plant which have the pollen. The letter “E” represents the main part of the plant that carries out photosynthesis. The letter “F” represents the part of the plant that supports the plant holding it upright and transporting the water, minerals and sugars to the leaves and roots. The letter “G” represents the part of the plant that absorbs water and nutrients from the soil and holds the plant firmly in the ground.
Parts of a plant. Letter “A” represents showy parts that can attract insects. Letter “B” represents parts of the plant that protect the flower bud and are underneath/behind the petals.Letter “C” represents the female organ of the plant.Letter “D” represents the male organs of the plant. Letter “E” represents the main part of the plant that carries out photosynthesis.Letter “F” represents part of the plant that supports the plant.Letter "G" represents part of the plant that holds plant in ground.
 
Question 1. Which is the main part of the plant that carries out photosynthesis?



 
 
Question 3. Which letter represent the female organ of the flower?



 
Question 4. Which letter represents the male organs of the flower?



 
 
Question 6. What letter represents the petals of a flower?



 
 

Did You Know?

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Early April, 1942 a basic training school for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was opened at Area B (Catoctin Mountain Park).The school evolved into primarily paramilitary training with British Captain William Fairbairn, “Fearless Dan” or “Shanghai Buster” as it’s most famous instructor.