Fourth graders have been learning about plant growth and development in Susan Monaco’s classes. As part of the experience, they planted Wisconsin Fast Plants and experienced the complete life cycle of a plant in a very short time. The students learned that the cycle includes germination, growth, development of specialized parts, the need for pollen to be transferred from one flower to another for reproduction, and even death, with the promise of new life in the seed. In addition, the students explored the interdependence between plants and animals by studying the importance of honeybees. They used bee sticks to pollinate the Fast Plant flowers and observed honeybees with a microscope.