As you read A Seed Is the Start, use the information in the book to create a data table like this one.
When you’ve finished reading the book, let your students know that sometimes seeds disperse to new places where people don’t want them to grow. For example, dandelions are weeds that grow in people’s lawns.
Divide the class into four teams—Wind, Water, Self, and Animal. After giving each group an index card with their team name written on it, invite students to look at the data table and choose a plant that disperses in the way written on their index card. Their mission is to design a solution to the problem of unwanted seed dispersal for that plant.
Encourage the teams to brainstorm at least three possible solutions and then choose their favorite one. Each student should draw and label a picture of the group’s solution. Allow time for the teams to share their ideas and drawings with the rest of the class.
1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
Activity for grade 2 coming next week.