Seeds on this rainy day!

Back to the garden after Winter break on January 12th, 2017! It’s been a whole month that I have been to the garden, or had a class with the students of Delevan because of the break. But we are back, and in the rain.

Since it was a rainy day, we had our class indoor, which was perfect for today’s lesson, since it was about SEEDS! I reminded the students how they had planted some seeds before the break started in our last class. So, seeds would be today’s subject! We talked about how there are different kinds of seeds of which have many varieties, colors, and sizes.

Since we were lucky to have a white board to use in the class, I drew a big seed on the board so we could go over a simple anatomy of a seed (a bean seed). We only talked about four parts, the seed coat, cotyledons, endosperm and first true leaves. As we went over each, each student was dissecting a bean or lentil seed, so they could see for themselves. Everybody got the chance to see and touch all parts we discussed. I had brought along with me one of the tray of seeds that they had planted, so they could see the progress but also see the first true leaves and cotyledons of the seedlings. We then had a discussion on seed dispersal, by letting the students think and give me the ideas themselves. It was a great rainy day discussion!

The seeds the students had the chance of picking from to dissect.

The seeds the students had the chance of picking from to dissect.

The seed coat is off!

The seed coat is off!

Our white Board.

How our white board looked like. 

The seed has been fully dissected!

The seed has been fully dissected!

Looking at the seedlings up close!

Looking at the seedlings up close!

Each student was able to see this specific group of seedlings. Pointing out the cotyledons (purple arrows) and first true leaves (orange arrows)

Each student was able to see this specific group of seedlings. Pointing out the cotyledons (purple arrows) and first true leaves (orange arrows)

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto