Before you read A Seed Is the Start, divide the class into pairs and give each group a lima bean that has been soaked overnight. Tell the children that if they cut the bean in half, they’ll discover a secret inside. Encourage students to turn and talk with a buddy about what they think is hiding inside the seed.
Now give each group a plastic knife from the school cafeteria. Invite students to carefully cut the bean in half. Ask students to observe the inside of the seed and draw a picture of what they find inside. (They will see a tiny plant.)
As you read the book, use the information in the book to create a data table like this one.
After reviewing the information in the data table, encourage students to pretend they’re a seed. Invite them to draw a picture on an index card showing how they would most like to be dispersed. While the class is working, create a graph like the one shown below on a blank wall or bulletin board.
When the students are ready, help them add their index cards to complete the bar graph. Ask the class: Which seed dispersal method is most popular in our class? Which is least popular? Select two or three items from the horizontal axis and invite student volunteers to explain why they would (or wouldn’t) want to be dispersed in those ways.
Activities for grades 1-5 are coming after school vacation week. Stay tuned.