The Sexual Deception of Orchids

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A plant engaged in sexual deception? Strange but true. Believe it or not, orchids have developed a range of sexual adaptations that permit them to attract pollinators. The narrator of a short video describes a variety of strategies used by different types of orchids.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a local florist to speak to the class about orchids
  • Class members might be interested in Orchidelirium, a mania for collecting orchids
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview the video to determine if appropriate for your classroom
Pros

  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, links to related articles, and a discussion forum
Cons

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