Seed parts and weeding the garden at Delevan

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.

Looking at different seeds.

Looking at different seeds.

Dried up marigold flower that was opened up!

Dried up marigold flower that was opened up!

Planting seeds!

Planting seeds!

Students really enjoyed pulling out the weeds!

Students really enjoyed pulling out the weeds!

Snow Peas before planting and weeding in the garden.

Snow Peas for snacking!

-Ranger Cindy

 

Cindy Soto