One way I help the students learn about plants is to draw and dissect flowers. There is nothing better than a pile of colored pencils and a bunch of white paper and some fragrant flowers in front of you. They pull apart the flowers and I walk around to each student explaining each part of the flower, the stigma, petals, stamen, pollen, sepal, stem, ovaries… I then ask them to tell me all the parts of the flower. It seems to open up parts of the brain to learning through coloring and smell and touch. Its one of my favorite class activities. They all moan and groan and act like I think they are in kindergarten but somewhere along the way silence takes over, pencils scritch and scratch and men ask for copies to mail home. Yesterday, it was pink, fragrant Asiatic lilies to observe.