Copyright

Gametophyte Activities

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

The gametophyte is an important stage in the plant life cycle, that you will likely cover in your biology class. This lesson contains activities that will help your students learn about gametophytes.

What Is a Gametophyte?

Plants and some species of algae have a life cycle in which generations of the plant alternate how many chromosomes the cells have. One generation will have two chromosomes, and then next will have one. A gametophyte produces gametes, which are the eggs and sperm of the plant. In essence, the gametophyte is responsible for the sexual reproduction of plants.

This topic will have many new vocabulary words for your students, and it will be helpful to give your students ample time to learn the new words and how they relate to each other. The following examples will help you with this while providing your students with engaging activities to learn about gametophytes.

Gamete Model

Materials:

  • Clay
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms
  • Hot glue gun
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Toothpicks
  • Small slips of paper
  • Writing utensils

Instructions

Have your students explore the gametes that gametophytes produce during the sexual reproduction of plants. Your students will need to create a female and male gamete. They should use the supplies you provide to create a model of each cell, and use the toothpicks to label each part of the gamete. Encourage your students to look at photos and diagrams of gametes to construct their models. They will need to think creatively about each part of the cells to find something that adequately represents each part.

3D Life Cycle

Materials

  • Modeling clay

Instructions

Divide your students into groups of 2-3. Show your students a list of plants that they can choose from. Make sure you choose a variety of plants that represent different forms of algae, ferns, lycophytes, seed plants, and bryophtes (mosses). After your students have chosen their plant, they will create a life cycle that shows how gametophytes affect each generation for that particular plant. For instance, some plants have dominant gametophytes while others do not. This will affect how each life cycle looks.

Your students will use the clay to create representations of each different stage. After your students have completed their life cycles, display them around class to create a 'life cycle museum'.

Class Dictionary

Materials

  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Binder

With your students, develop a list of vocabulary words that apply to gametophytes. Ensure that your students include the following words:

  • Spores
  • Alteration of generation
  • Haploid
  • Diploid
  • Archegonium
  • Antheridium

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support