The Circle of a Seed’s Life at Atwater Ave Elementary

Now seriously, forget the chicken – what came first, the seed or the plant? It’s such a cyclical process, and this week in class, I urged my students to pay homage to the tiny seed and all it does for us. We learned about the 3 main parts of a seed, and what the purpose of each one is. From the protective seed coat to the microscopic little embryo, these tiny seeds have a lot going on! Also, seeds are pretty relatable – they’re mostly made of food storage, which is my personal dream lifestyle, so I can respect that.

I was excited to have the gardeners help me plant to get the garden ready for spring! We learned about what a seed needs to grow and how to find it – sun and soil are taken care of, but how about water? I taught the students how to find our water source in the garden, and the appropriate depth to plant at.

Here’s the garden now – let’s see what happens in the next few weeks when our beans, radishes, and carrots start to pop up.

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Some students helped me harvest seeds from old garden beans that I kept from last season. We discussed how we eat a good many seeds, and how those edible foods might eventually turn into seeds we can plant!

And finally, we had a spindly-legged visit this week! Hello tiny grasshopper, please make yourself at home.

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Until next time,

Ranger Natalie

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