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Which foods have seeds inside? Investigate the size and shape of seeds from tasty fruits as you create a colorful comparison table using Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons.
Investigate some favorite foods. What is the difference between fruits and vegetables? What is a nut? What parts of a plant do different foods come from? What are seeds? Which kinds of seeds do people eat? Read books and articles about fruits, nuts, and seeds, such as Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler.
Ask families to provide a variety of foods that contain seeds or are seeds. (See Adaptations for suggestions. Be aware of food allergies. Obtain parent permission before this tasting event.) Parent volunteers can help to cut and serve foods. Collect and count the seeds from the foods as students taste them.
Use Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to draw a large table on a large whiteboard on the wall and/or provide small individual whiteboards for students to gather data in small tables. Students can create one large table together on the large whiteboard and smaller tables comparing 2 or 3 kinds of seeds on small whiteboards.
Ask children to illustrate and label each food (column 1) and the seed (column 2) that is inside of it. Tables should also include the number of seeds found in the fruit (column 3). Look closely at the seeds then add describing and sensing words about the seeds (column 4) to the table.
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