[Surfnetkids: 21 Apr 2010] Pollination

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#1. April 21, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been blogging through my Mom’s jewelry boxes as a tribute to her and her bold spirit over at My Mother’s Jewelry Box. Please let me know what you think by posting a comment, or just stopping by and signing up for the newsletter.

And now that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, my mind has started to wonder to gifts (for me and Mom!) and my thoughts are turning to jewelry armoires. You know those mega jewelry boxes that stand on their own feet, like a piece of furniture?

For any of us that still have moms to give gifts to, I think a jewelry armoire would be a wonderful way to create memories, now, while you can. Putting the jewelry in a armoire together will be like playing “dress up” all over again! And a fab opportunity to talk about all the memories each piece represents. Here are some from JewelryArmoire.com, a sponsor of MyMothersJewelryBox.com.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
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#2. Pollination

by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/pollination.htm

Pollination Printable (** for premium members only)
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Pollination is the act of plant fertilization that occurs when pollen is moved from flower to flower. Pollination can be done by the wind, insects, birds or even by people. Pollination is important to our environment because beautiful flowers rely on it, but also because so much of our food comes from plants that require pollination to produce fruit. Bees and butterflies are famous pollinators, but all sorts of creatures also help out.

Missouri Botanical Gardens: Biology of Plants: Pollination
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With a pollination song (sung to the tune of “This Land is Your Land”) and a printable handout for classroom use, this plant biology site from Missouri Botanical Gardens is a great resource for middle-school students and their teachers. “When animals such as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and hummingbirds pollinate plants, it’s accidental. They are not trying to pollinate the plant. Usually they are at the plant to get food, the sticky pollen or a sweet nectar made at the base of the petals.”

Pollinator Partnership
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The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit dedicated to protecting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and geckos. Visit their site to download a regional planting guide, which lists plants needed in your specific area to support pollinator populations. “By adding plants to your landscape that provide food and shelter for pollinators throughout their active seasons and by adopting pollinator friendly landscape practices, you can make a difference to both the pollinators and the people that rely on them.”

University of Illinois Extension: Great Plant Escape: Pollination
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Help Dectective La Plant discover how one plant can create many plants. Start with the Case Brief, and then read the Facts of the Case (flower biology, pollination, and nonflowering plants.) Now you have enough background information to solve the two mysteries: “What Are the Parts of the Plants?” and “Do Plants Use Seeds to Reproduce?” and complete the three online
activities. Great for upper elementary and middle-school students. The site is also available in Spanish.

… Click to continue Pollination .

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Pollination Printable
Pollination Wikipedia Printable
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