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.