Traveling Seeds

Grade Levels: 3 - 5

Objectives

  • Children will use vocabulary related to seed travel.
  • Children will learn why seeds travel.
  • Children will learn three ways that seeds travel.

Materials

Procedures

  1. Introduce key vocabulary: environment, floating, gliding, hitchhiking.
  2. Have children read the paragraphs on the Traveling Seeds worksheet and predict how seeds travel before they complete the worksheet.
  3. Ask children to complete the worksheet, using the Internet to research. If necessary, have students work with partners.
  4. Have children come together to share their predictions and discoveries. Discuss how their predictions were similar or different then what they learned as they filled in the worksheet.

Assessment

Use a rubric to assess a child's ability to make predictions, navigate the Internet, participate in a group discussion, and understand the concept of seed travel.

Extension Activities

  • Choose from a large collection of cross-curricular activities for all grade levels.
  • Explore outstanding lessons and activities in the Plants theme.
  • Have children explore a Dandelion website to find out about "nature's parachute." While visiting the site, children can link to other topics that explore air travel. Challenge children to try some of the air projects.
  • Have partners or teams work together to design and make seeds that float, glide, or hitchhike. Allow time for children to share their creations with the class.

Standards Correlations

U.S. National Science Standards
Students develop an understanding that:

  • plants and animals progress through life cycles of birth, growth and development, reproduction, and death; the details of these cycles are different for different organisms.
  • each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
  • all organisms cause changes in their environments, and these changes can be beneficial or detrimental.

U.S. National Educational Technology Standards
Students:

  • use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.

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