Lifecycle of Plants Art | Foster

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?

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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!

okay, so maybe these are transplants but there ARE seeds in between that are coming up slowly! :D

okay, so maybe these are transplants but there ARE seeds in between that are coming up slowly! 😀

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.