Seed Guardians

110 minutes
Two 45-minute sessions, plus 5 minutes every day until seedlings sprout and additional time periodically to monitor plant growth
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
Kindergarten
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In this lesson, students begin to understand the great importance of seeds and to assume the role of Seed Guardians. In the first session, students examine a variety of seeds and identify foods that contain seeds and foods that do not contain seeds. Students conclude the session by becoming guardians of their very own seeds. Students will make a Seed Guardian necklace that they can proudly wear, care for, and watch germinate. In the second session, students work together as a class to learn the correct way to plant seeds and create a classroom nursery by planting seeds in milk cartons, egg cartons, or other recycled containers that will serve as pots. In these hands-on activities, students witness the germination process, learn how to care for seeds and seedlings, and discuss why seeds are so important and why we must care for them.

Key objectives for students
Declare that all plants grow from seeds.
Describe how seeds must be planted and watered in order to grow.
Explain why seeds are important and why we must care for them.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Biology, Civics and Government, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
food, plants, fruits and vegetables, healthy food, healthy habits, growing plants, planting, seedlings, soil, germination
Skills
Communication skills, Critical Thinking
Values
Curiosity, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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