The Surprise Seed
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Science Level I
Discuss seeds and their parts. Show examples of familiar and unfamiliar seeds. Discuss the conditions that a seed must have in order to sprout and grow.
What would you expect to grow from a seed that you find under a tree? What about a seed that I may findhanging on a plant? (A new tree or plant of the same variety.)
Let's pretend that we are walking along, when all of a sudden we see a seed lying on the ground in the path. It is very unusual looking and isn't like any seed you have ever seen before. There are no plants nearby that it could have fallen from. So you take it home and carefully plant it in a large pot of rich soil. You water it, and put it in a sunny place. A few days later, you see that something is beginning to push its way up through the dirt. Tomorrow it will be up. You can hardly wait to see what it is.
The students will name many, different, and unusual things that could sprout from the seed.
Have the students choose one of their unusual ideas or something else, and draw what sprouts from the seed.