bugs life
A Bug's Life (1998)
Concept featured in clip: Plants: seed dispersal, wind pollination
Location of clip: 0:17:17 - 0:20:04 (DVD)


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Summary of clip: Flick heads off into the unknown world to find help against the grasshoppers and he comes upon a huge cliff that he must get over in order to make it off the island. He decides to climb up a dandelion stalk and travel with the seed as it is carried by the wind.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This could be a great way to begin a learning cycle about plant pollination techniques in general or wind pollination in specific. You can see how the dandelion creates a way to get its seeds away from the parent plant using a feathery material light enough to be carried by the wind.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How does the dandelion ensure that its seed is spread?

b. What are some advantages to using the wind as a method of seed dispersal? What are some disadvantages?

c. What are some other methods plants use to reproduce or disperse their seeds? How does evolution tie into any of these methods?

d. How does Flick's use of the dandelion represent a symbiotic relationship between the two species? What are some other examples where different species work together?

2. From this clip you could have students design their own seed. They could create their own method for dispersing the seed. Then they would have to build their plant out of available materials.

3. As an assessment you could show this clip and have students describe the particular method of pollination. You could have students discuss create a story of the dandelion beginning with the seed that is being dispersed.