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Activity: How does harakeke survive? – Level 3

Achievement Objectives - Ngā Whāinga Paetae: Te Weu

3.1 Learn about the special features of organisms that help them to stay alive. Te Marautanga o Aotearoa: (p.100) Te Ao Tūroa, Te Rauropi 1 

Learning Outcome

I will be able to:

  • identify structures of harakeke that carry out life processes.

Success criteria

  • I can identify structures of harakeke that carry out life processes.

All living things carry out various processes in order to stay alive such as:

  • Taking in food or making it themselves
  • Converting the food to give energy
  • Growing
  • Reproducing
  • Getting rid of unwanted waste
  • Sensing their environment
  • Movement

Different parts of the harakeke plant carry out different jobs in order to survive. Try the following activity to see how much you already know about plants. Make a note of the things you do not know.

Activity: Match the following list of structures of the harakeke plant with their job.

Harakeke structure

Job of the structure

Root (akaaka) New growth comes from this point
Leaf (whā) Holds the flower upright for pollination
Stem (kakau) Anchors the plant and takes in water
Young leaves (rito) Makes food for the plant using carbon dioxide, water and sunlight
Seed pod (puhui hua) A fine powder produced by certain plants when they reproduce
Flower (puāwai) A case that opens when seeds are ready to be released
Waxy surface of the leaf (para) Sweet for the birds and bees
Pollen inside the flowers Where sexual reproduction takes place
Nectar inside the flowers Sweet for the birds and bees

You can find out more about the harakeke leaf by clicking on the magnifying glasses below.

Te akaaka: Ka punga i te tipu, ka miti i te wai. Te rito: Ka pihi mai te pihinga i tēnei pūwāhi Te whā: Ka hanga kai mā te tipu mā te whakamahi i te hauhā, te wai, me te mārama o te rā Te para: Ka ārai i te tauraki haere o te whā Te kakau: Ka pupuri matika i te puāwai mō te haenga Te puāwai: Te wāhi whakaputa uri Te pūhui hua: He kēhi ka huaki ina rite ngā kākano mō te tuku

Have another go at matching the structures of the harakeke plant with their job.

For teachers

The correct definitions of the harakeke structures are:

Harakeke structure

Job of the structure

Root (akaaka) Anchors the plant and takes in water
Leaf (whā) Makes food for the plant using carbon dioxide, water and sunlight
Stem (kakau) Holds the flower upright for pollination
Young leaves (rito) New growth comes from this point
Seed pod (puhui hua) A case that opens when seeds are ready to be released
Flower (puāwai) Where sexual reproduction takes place
Waxy surface of the leaf (para) Stops the leaf drying out
Pollen inside the flowers A fine powder produced by certain plants when they reproduce
Nectar inside the flowers Sweet for the birds and bees

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