Seeing Seeds

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.

  • 1.

    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.

  • 2.

    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.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    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.

Standards

  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • LA: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
  • MATH: Count to tell the number of objects.
  • MATH: Compare numbers.
  • MATH: Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • MATH: Classify objects and count the number of objects in categories.
  • MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
  • MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
  • SCI: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

Adaptations

  • Information for edible seeds may require some research. For example, students may discover that sunflower seeds come from a sunflower and that there can be 1000 seeds on one sunflower head.
  • Seed-bearing and seed foods to investigate might include apples, oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, peaches, nectarines, pomegranate, grapes, tomatoes, plums, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
  • Investigate the parts of a plant to find out more about seeds and where they are formed in a flower. Cut pieces of paper into simple shapes like a circle, oval, and long rectangle. Use dry-erase crayons to trace the shapes to create a garden of flowers on a dry-erase board.
  • Read aloud or obtain multiple copies of books for students to read aloud, individually, or in pairs. Suggested titles include From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, and The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.
  • Explore vegetable seeds! Obtain donated packets of seeds for foods like carrots, artichokes, broccoli, corn, lettuce, onions, peas, and spinach. Ask parents for donations of actual foods to handle and possibly even taste to offer a more sensory experience for children. Students can create a table comparing and contrasting seed sizes and shapes for these foods using dry-erase crayons on dry erase boards.
  • Write about your discoveries! Ask children to write reflections about their seed experiences. Each student might even create an illustrated mini book about seeds using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Or create a class book of information learned about seeds using drawing paper and Crayola Markers.