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Flowering & Nonflowering Plants Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Michelle Jones

Michelle has taught at the elementary level and has earned a master's degree.

Stop and smell the roses...or pine trees, or daffodils, or lemon grass. There are thousands of different types of plants and they all have different looks, smells, and uses. This lesson describes the flowering and nonflowering categories of plants.

Two Groups of Plants

Matthew wants to build a house out of building blocks, but he dumped all of the blocks out on the floor and is having a hard time finding what he needs. He decides to sort them into groups to make it easier to find a certain color or size. This works perfectly, and in no time at all he has built the best house ever!

Scientists have done something similar with plants. To make it easier to study the thousands of plants in the world, they've sorted them into groups, or categories. The two groups we're going to look at today are flowering and nonflowering plants. How can you tell the difference? Easy! Flowering plants have flowers and nonflowering plants do not.

Flowering Plants

One of the reasons we love looking at gardens is for the beautiful flowers. There are so many different colors, shapes and sizes, it's almost like looking at a piece of art. Wouldn't it be boring if there was only one of each flower in the world? What would happen if that one plant died and another one like it didn't grow?

Luckily, plants that grow flowers also have seeds that are used to reproduce, or make more plants like them. These seeds are usually out in the open to make it easier for wind, insects, or animals to pick them up and take them away to make more flowers.

Did you know that the fruit you eat grew from a flower? That's right! Strawberries, apples, watermelons - all fruits used to be a flower. But not all flowers turn into fruits. Some are just beautiful to look at, are used for decorating, or can even be used as medicine.

These are just a few examples of the thousands of flowers that are in the world.
Picture of flowers

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