Plant Helpers: Science Manipulative
Students learn how different animals and the wind help plants make seeds.
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Pollination is the process of carrying pollen (tiny yellowish grains) from one flower to another so plants can make seeds. Agents, such as animals, people, or even the wind, that transport pollen are called pollinators. People often deliberately transfer pollen from one flower to another to breed plants. But natural pollinators don’t help plants on purpose. For instance, the wind just blows and spreads pollen by chance. As animals feed on a flower’s sweet nectar or pollen, some pollen grains stick to their beaks, fur, feathers, wings, legs, or other body parts. When the animals visit another flower, some of the pollen grains drop into or touch that flower’s reproductive organs. The flower can then start making seeds.