Objective: The children will learn how to plant a seed, observe the seed life cycle, and discover the growth of their plants over time.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Planting seeds and tracking their growth will take several weeks. It is helpful to use a push pin to poke a few holes in the bottom of the cups for drainage prior to filling them with soil; consider placing the cups on a plastic plate to eliminate damage from water drainage. It’s always a good idea to plant a few extra seeds in the event some don’t germinate.
Seeds come from plants and have the potential to become small baby plants. Plant seeds have the ability to grow leaves, roots, a stem, flowers, and every other part they need to live. Seeds need water, air, and sunlight to begin growing. Most seeds take about 2 weeks to germinate, or sprout. As soon as they have roots and leaves, young plants are able to begin making their own food with the help of light, water, and soil. Some seeds are on the outside of the plant like the strawberry. Some seeds grow inside pods where there is more than one seed.
Most seeds have an outer shell that protects the seed called a seed coat. The seed coat acts as protection for the tiny plant inside. If a seed is cut open, a tiny plant will be inside the seed. This can be easily demonstrated by cutting open a lima bean and showing it to the children.
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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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.