STEM Seed Dispersal Challenge

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Are you ready for a STEM activity that involves seeds? This one is specifically about the ways seeds are dispersed and it’s a fantastic challenge! Every group will design a different method of seed dispersal and your sharing time will be the most fun ever! Fantastic hands-on demonstration of learning.

Note: This challenge is available in money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

  • Students will be using materials to design and build a representation of one of the ways seeds are dispersed.
  • Each group will be assigned one of the seed dispersal methods and then must determine which of the materials can be used to best build a model.
  • Finally, the teams will share their creation and demonstrate how it works. Students will be incredibly creative in finding a way to disperse the seeds and will love sharing their final product.
  • This challenge would be great as a culminating activity for your study of plant growth and students should already have some knowledge of plants and the seed development process.
  • I have included a seed dispersal chart for your convenience.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes balloons, tissue paper, paper clips, rubber bands, straws, yarn, String, foil, masking tape, cotton balls, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, a pan of water, seeds, and other materials of your choice. These are suggested materials. Substitute with items you already have!

The package specifically includes

  • Cover
  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation page
  • Preparation in Pictures
  • 4 pages of teacher directions
  • Constraints list
  • 5 pages of photographs
  • Extra Hints pages
  • Student lab sheet with sample answers
  • Seed dispersal chart in four versions
  • Materials lists for student use in three versions
  • Scoring rubric
  • Editable form file
  • Terms of Use page
  • The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 2 class sessions (2 hours) to complete.

What are teachers saying?

  • "It has been a challenge to be a STEM teacher right now, but this was a fantastic activity to do with my 2nd graders while we are distance learning! It was especially great because they could use whatever they had around the house to make some truly spectacular critters! ALWAYS happy with purchases from you! Thank you!"
  • "My kids LOVED this STEM activity! It was challenging, fun and they learned a lot. The resource was very organized and all of the video links worked and were really good. I would definitely recommend this to Science teachers!"
  • "My students LOVED this project! The looks on their faces when their ideas worked and the problem-solving attitudes when they didn't work made this well worth it!!"

This is one of the challenges of the Seed Series! It works great with these:

Or you can purchase all three challenges of the seed series in a money-saving bundle!

A bundle of two Seed Dispersal resources is available:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.


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