Published January 11, 2013 | Updated October 24, 2015
Subject: History, Math, Science, Social Studies, Other
Season: Spring, Fall
Place of Learning: Garden, Academic Classroom
Resource Type: Lessons
Grade Level: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 , Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Abigail Phillips

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.

  • 5 (or more) different seed varieties. Try to include at least one edible seed variety such as pumpkin or sunflower. 
  • 5 small observation dishes.


  • 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.

Seed match activity (Grades 1-6):

  • Have five (or any number) 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 five small groups, and 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.


I did this lesson with a group of about 10 children of mixed elementary school ages. We had a great time looking at, talking about, and planting seeds.

When we were pretending we were seeds, I had everyone choose what kind of seed they were. I only thought of it in the middle of the activity, but it would have been a great way to start it.

We also planted pea seeds in our hoop house and did a seed scavenger hunt in the garden to find what plants had seeds on them.


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