Objective: Children will learn the differences between the number of seeds inside different fruits.
Note: Have children thoroughly wash their hands before beginning this activity.
Fruit is the part of a plant that contains the seeds. Sometimes, the seed is covered by a hard shell, like a peach seed. Most fruits have seeds on their insides. However, the strawberry is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside. Some fruits have a shell on their outside, like a watermelon. The shell protects the juicy, sweet fruit inside. If a seed is accidentally eaten, it won’t grow inside the body. The body’s digestive juices will break down the seed, and the seed will complete the trip through the digestive system before it would be able to germinate.
Some vegetables are actually fruits. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers are commonly thought of as vegetables, but because the seeds are on the inside, scientifically, they are fruits. Not all fruits contain the same number of seeds. Fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and melons usually have lots of seeds. Generally, oranges, apples, and pears contain about 10 seeds. Other fruits, such as avocados, plums, and peaches, have only one seed.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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