Are you teaching a plant science unit?
The Living Seed Necklace is a great way to start your unit.
Before we can begin any science activity with plants, we have several favorite activities in which students can learn about the basic parts of plants and how they can grow from a seed.
One of these activities is creating a Living Seed Necklace. Students make a “living necklace” they can wear home or display in various places around the classroom. Simple materials include bean seeds, cotton balls, small jeweler’s bags and yarn. It is ideal for kicking off a plant unit or introducing the stages of plant growth and development. This science craft hands-on activity will provide a fun foundation to begin your unit!
Through the clear jeweler’s bag, your students will observe the tiny seed become a seedling that they can eventually plant. Students will be able to observe
Germination: The process in which a seed emerges after a period of dormancy.
Cotyledons: The meaty part of the seed that provides the nutrients to the baby plant.
Embryos: The beginnings of the plant usually contained in the seed.
We also have several STEM and plants activity packets to support your plant unit.
Have your students engineer adaptations for a plant they invent for one of five different biomes. STEM and Plant Adaptions provides a great way to integrate engineering into a unit on adaptations, biology, and nature studies.
Create a fantasy flower for the STEM Flower Show. A great way to wrap up a unit on plants and have students apply what they have learned to engineer their own creation.
A super fun way to take review of plants even further is to have your students take part in The Great Veggie Car Race. Your students will investigate vegetables and their potential for various car parts as they design their own race car out of veggies. Roots, stalks, stems, and flower parts will take on new meaning when they analyze onions, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and celery.
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