On Thursday April 6th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed, but we only talked about three of them. To start off, each student received a bean seed that had been soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts: the seed coat, cotyledons and the embryo or baby plant and the reason for each one. The students also examined different kinds of seeds … cucumber, onions, tomatoes, red corn … and described what they looked like, felt like etc. I ended the classes with some fun weeding in the garden!
For the 6th grade classes, we quickly reviewed, and then talked about the difference between a dicot seed and a monocot seed. A bean seed is an example of a dicot seed, and corn is an example of monocot seed. They looked at different seeds as well as the information on the seed packet. After writing down their observations, I shared some dried up marigold flowers for these classes to dissect. They ended up planting some of these seeds in a fewfreshly prepared beds. Finally, everybody got a taste of snow peas.