Roots, Stems, Leaves, Flowers, Fruits and Seeds!

Originally posted on Education Outside at AFY:
Our second and third grade students have been learning all about the six plant parts! Third grade students began learning about seeds by dissecting different fruits. Everyone got to take home neat cranberry bean seeds! One student even sprouted the seeds at home!  Way to go! Second grade students played…

What to Plant When

I recently came across this useful graphic.  I particularly like the “planting, care, and harvesting” section, although I know the months section will not be accurate for every climate and every country’s growing season (I can vouch that it’s pretty accurate for the east coast and the midwest of the US tho!). More plants that…

Why does a tomato have so many seeds?

This activity would be a great to do towards the end of a seed unit, once students have already learned about what a seed needs to grow and also seed dispersal.  I love the connections made and the discussions that often happen here, even with very young students. Start out by asking students to predict…

Learning through Scavenger Hunts

One of my all-time favorite activities to create is the scavenger hunt.  There are so many ways to use a scavenger hunt as a tool of exploratory learning in the garden.  I’ve used scavenger hunts to: Teach students to recognize the plants in their garden plots (ex:  find the cucumber plant, find the carrot plant,…

Seed Dispersal Teaching Ideas

Here is a whole collection of ideas to incorporate into a lesson on seed dispersal.  Students will predict and then test seeds to see how they could disperse.  Additionally, students could watch a video on dispersal, play an online game, and have a choice of a wide range of projects to illustrate their mastery of…

What is Germination?

Read a poem, watch a video, and create a seed germinator to watch germination taking place in the classroom!  This lesson is probably most appropriate for grades k-2. Begin by asking students, “Are these seeds sitting on the desk alive?”  After listening to students’ thoughts, discuss how the seeds are alive, but waiting to grow. …

seed songs

      I used these songs with 3-5 year olds, but older elementary kids love them too! The Farmer Plants the Seeds this song is useful when learning about what seeds and plants need to grow To the tune of “The farmer in the dell”: The farmer plants the seeds (act out planting seeds)…

Seed Dissection

A great hands on activity where students can clearly see the parts of the seed. Procedure: 1)  As a class, start a KWL chart about seeds. 2)  Show students a Lima Bean and ask if they know what type of seed it is.  Ask: What kind of plant does it come from? Is this seed…