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A few fun ideas to help students understand the importance of seeds in a plant life cycle and in a tasty meal!
Students understand what seeds are and how they grow; students get to connect seeds to plants they know.
Variety of Seeds
Q: What is a seed? You could read a book here to get kids thinking about seeds, especially for younger grades. It’s also fun to compare a seed to a human baby, talking about how each already contains all of the parts it will have when it is full grown.
Q: What does a seed need to start growing? It’s fun to act these needs out with kids. It’s also fun to act out what happens when a seed has the right conditions to start growing. You, the teacher, can pretend to be the water and/or sunshine, and have your students grow from a seed to a sprout.
(For grades 1-6) Seed match activity: Have five (or whatever number works for you) different types of seeds. Put a few of each in a small observation dish. Label each dish with a number from 1 to 5. Split the class up into as many groups are thee are types of seed. Give one dish of seeds to each group. Ask each student to write the numbers 1-5 (or higher if you have more seed types) on a piece of paper. On a white board or piece of paper in front of the class, list the types of seed. Give the class about 3 minutes with each type of seed, and have them write their guess in the space that corresponds with the number on their observation dish. Then switch the seeds. Do this until each group has had a chance to observe each seed. Go over the answers with the class.
*It’s fun and rewarding to use seeds of plants that students are familiar with.
Taste edible seeds! Use this activity to show students that we don’t always eat the fruit or vegetable part of a plant. Sometimes we eat the seed! (Pumpkin, sunflower, peas, beans, etc.)
If time allows, this is a good lesson for planting seeds.