Objective: The children will conduct an experiment to determine the importance water plays in growing seeds.
Note: This experiment will take about 1 week to complete.
All seeds need certain conditions in order to sprout. They need air, water, warmth, and light. Many seeds lie dormant during the winter months because it is too cold for them to sprout. With the arrival of spring, the air is warmer and there is usually more rain. The days are longer in the spring, which means there is more light. Not all seeds grow into new plants. Some seeds, such as pumpkin seeds and some nuts, can be eaten before they begin to sprout.
Although seeds are small and seem insignificant, seeds are very powerful and important to people. Seeds create plants that provide fuel, shelter, and food for people and animals. One single corn kernel can multiply five hundred times in less than 4 months. A huge apple tree is the result of one tiny apple seed. A whole family can have food from just one handful of seeds.
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.