Objective: The children will conduct an experiment to determine the importance that the Sun plays in growing seeds.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This experiment will take about 1 week to complete.
Some plants begin life as tiny seeds. For these seeds to germinate, or sprout, certain conditions need to be present. All seeds need air, water, and warmth. The outside of all seeds have a seed coat that protects the tiny plant inside and keeps it from drying out. Moisture helps the seed coat to soften so the tiny plant can emerge. Most seeds need light and warmth to begin to grow. In the spring, the air is warmer, there is usually more rain, and there is more sunlight because the days are longer. This is the reason spring is generally known as the growing season.
Seeds are found in the fruit or flower of a flowering plant. But not all plants produce seeds. Nonflowering plants, like ferns and mosses produce spores. Spores are found underneath the leaves of nonflowering plants. Spores drop off the main plant and eventually become a new plant. Once they are separated from the main plant, both seeds and spores can germinate.
Be certain to have the children label the seeds that were in the sun and the seeds that were in the dark.
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.