In an effort to keep from writing one LOOONG blog post, I decided to break our seed fun into 2 posts. Make sure to check out Fun With Seeds to see how I introduced seeds. The kids really loved the idea that seeds were in our food, and for that case that seeds made our food. I think they tend to think of seeds with flowers and trees. Focusing on food seemed to rock their little worlds! So what better way to keep them intrigued than a day of seed exploration using food! With science journals in hand, we headed to the science lab to explore seeds in many different fruits and vegetables! They were amazed by all the different shapes, sizes and colors of seeds!
We documented our observations in our science journal. This awesome resource is one a friend had from years ago. This is an AIMS Science activity in case you might have access to it!
Once they discovered that seeds come in all shapes and sizes we had the perfect segue way into our Seed Sorting and Graphing activity! (I tell you this week was just filled with perfect conclusions and lead ins for the next lesson! Couldn't have planned it better!)
I gave each student a little cup filled with a variety of different seeds. After introducing the different types of seeds I let them get to work. What a perfect activity to further our investigation of seeds and review the graphing we have been working on all year!!!
After a week filled with investigating different types of seeds, and where we find seeds, it was time to focus on how a seed works! Friday we focused on the Life Cycle of a Seed. I first explained the Life Cycle of a Seed as I drew it out on the board.
Then I wanted the students to document their learning in their science journals. So they drew and labeled the life cycle too!
Then I saved the best for last!!! It was time to put the Life Cycle into action! What better way to learn about something than to do it, to experience it first hand! I think this is what science is all about!!! My first thought was to do this "the easy way." Hand out cups already filled with soil so they could plant. But then it dawned on me - what fun is that?!?! So instead I prepared the room. I cut open some trash bags and covered all the tables with them. Then I added a mound of soil to each table. I gave each student a clear plastic Silo cup to use as a pot and little white cup to use as a shovel.
I started by modeling my expectations - a must in the kindergarten classroom! We decided to add 3 scoops of soil to the pot so that as the roots grew they would have somewhere to go.
Then it was time to add the seeds. I gave each student 3 seeds to plant. I chose a flowering plant that will bloom in 30-40 days (just in time for Mother's Day!). I found the blooming information on the back of the seed packet and looked for one that fit our time schedule!
Then we covered our seeds with one more scoop of soil. We used the bottom of the "shovel" to pat it down gently.
Last, we had to find a place that would allow our seeds to get the air, water, and sunlight they need. We opted for the hallway by the playground. I sure hope I don't regret leaving them out in the open! This is the perfect place for us to check on our seeds on a daily basis.
Every few days we will document our observations in our science journal. The kids are so excited to have their very own plant! Check back as I will update the status of our plant life cycle science experiment!
Do you have a favorite way to teach your students about seeds? I'd love to hear about it!