Teaching Through Trade Books: What Happens to Seeds?by: Peggy Ashbrook

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Wondering what will happen, waiting for a change, watching a young plant unfold--these are what make experimenting with seeds so enticing. Early experiences with planting seeds can lay a foundation for further learning as children progress from direct observation and collecting data to understanding how to design and conduct experiments. Suggested activities are included with this article.

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  • on Sun May 07, 2017 7:32 PM

This is one of my favorites. It tells you what to talk about seeds for different grade levels and how to approach it . There are experiment ideas and the core standards are provided for it. If in doubt about how to conduct the experiment or how to expand after wards, there are many ideas in this. Younger kids can plant their seed and watch it grow. While older kids get to compare the seeds environment. At this rate, the kids will have consumed enough information on seeds at a younger age to know the comparisons. Really good resource to use during the spring time leading up to mothers day even .Growing plants can be super fun and exciting. You become excited to watch it transform from a seed to a beautiful plant or flower. Easily can also be compared to how human growth is.

Reina Reyes
Reina Reyes

  • on Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:59 PM

This particular article deals strictly with seeds. The first book is about seeds growing but the second is a photography collection of different seeds. The PreK to 2 grade level activity is one in which children soak seed and look inside them. They then discuss what it means to be alive or not. Seeds are then planted and growth is watched. The second activity called “Comparing Seed Environments” for grades 3 through 6 allows students to discover that multiple factors affect seed germination and sprout growth. Both look like excellent activities.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:12 PM

This article helps students answers the following questions: "What is alive and what is not?” They can learn that each plant makes a seed which will turn into that same plant. Two excellent books about seeds are described in this article and have detailed lesson plans to accompany them.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:50 PM

If you are like me and constantly searching for lesson plan ideas this might be good for you. I was searching for lesson plan ideas for NGSS "2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow". This article reviews the book How a Seed Grows By Helene J. Jordan and offers a corresponding lesson. The lesson involves planting seeds and other items to determine what does and does not grow. I think this will be an engaging and informative lesson and plan to try it with second graders. If it works out well, I'll update this review.

David O
David O

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