The Seed Challenge - How many seeds can you get from a single seed?
A 23-page PDF file (644 KB) with a complete set of activities for elementary students (also effective in middle school) to learn about the life cycle of flowering plants with a focus on reproduction. Students predict how many seeds their Fast Plant will produce and engage in planting, growing, observing doing supporting learning activities to understand the life cycle. Carolina Biological sells a kit to accompany this activity for a class of 32 students, containing the seeds and planting materials. Alternatively, the activity can be taught using the "how to grow" instructions on the Fast Plants website, seeds from a packet of Standard Wisconsin Fast Plants (or seeds from Fast Plants you grow yourself) and your own potting mix and growing system. A 24-hour light source is needed for this activity.
- Instructional Material -- Activity (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
- Instructional Material -- Lesson/Lesson Plan (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
- Instructional Material -- Unit of Instruction (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
- Instructional Material -- Experiment/Lab Activity (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
- Instructional Material -- Instructor Guide/Manual (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
- NGSS.4.LS1.1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. [Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.]