Seed Parts!

Last Wednesday on April 5th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed but we only talked about three parts to start with. To start the lesson with, each student received a bean seed 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. Afterwards, the students were able to look at different kinds of seeds, there was cucumber, onions, tomatoes, and red corn. I had brought along with me some dried up marigold flowers from another garden for the upper grades to open up or dissect the flower. The 4th grade class opened them up, and some were able to remember of what we talked about the week before (flowers) and realized that what they found inside were seeds! Then they planted the seeds in one of the garden beds and we will see if they come up! We ended with a taste of snow peas.

Dissecting the bean seeds!

Dissecting the bean seeds!

Looking at different seeds.

Looking at different seeds.

Opening up the marigold flower.

Opening up the marigold flower.

Marigold seeds, just from ONE marigold flower!

Marigold seeds, just from ONE marigold flower!

Planting the marigold seeds.

Planting the marigold seeds.

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto