Every kid from preschool up knows that when a seed is planted in the ground, it grows a new plant. All it needs is soil, water and sunlight and – boom – it transforms from a tiny seed to a flower or tree.
…but what happens to that little seed? How does it grow?
Every seed has the same story: it grows roots, then a stem, leaves, flower and more seeds (whether in the flower or in the fruit).
Each part of the growth plays a vital role in the plant’s life. The seed has the food it needs to get started; the roots, like straws, suck up water and nutrients from the soil into the stem; the stem, like an elevator, draws the water (against gravity!) up the plant and to the leaves; the leaves make food for the plant via their relationship with sunlight; the flower produces nectar to attract certain creatures which pollinate the flower to produce seeds; the seeds develop in the flower OR fruit and contain all the potential of a new plant; and the fruit protects the seeds from dangerous elements until the proper time when the seeds have fully developed.
This lifecycle repeats again and again and again. It is a never-ending, fascinating story! I meant to mention heirlooms (generations of the same seed) today but reckon I will next time I teach this lesson.
With the second graders, we drew and labeled all the parts of the plant from memory. With the first graders, we matched a flower from the garden to a flower on a piece of paper. We also walked around the garden, identifying the different parts that we observed.
It was beautiful day in the garden!