“Young’un if you swallow these little seeds a watermelon plant will grow in your belly.”
I believed him and I would rake those seeds out of my slice of melon and leave a pile on the picnic table. I found out later that he would save those seeds and plant them the next spring. Sweet memories!
We have several seed challenges that we love so much and some unusual ideas about them that we learned. (More about my Popaw later.) RIght now, let’s talk about seeds!
I promised some unusual reports about seeds and I think you will agree! Here are the first few items which all have to do with seed dispersal.
- Seeds stick to some animals and later drop off.
- Some seed pods explode.
- Sometimes the wind carries seeds away.
Seed Dispersal turned out to be a learning event.
- Getting seeds inside a bird feeder is harder than you think.
- So is getting the seeds out of the birdfeeder.
Birdfeeders were painted and lacquered and ready to load with seeds. We hope!
“How do we get the seeds into the feeder part?”
Good question! In the top photo the spout was great, but when we poured the seeds in they didn’t exactly land where they needed to. In the photo with the white bottle feeder, the bottle didn’t hold a lot of seeds because of the placement of the hole.
More opportunities for problem-solving. Groups had to redesign to find ways to get the seeds in and ways for the birds to get them out!
And here are the last two unusual items we can teach you:
- A flower has an ovary and that’s where you will find the seeds.
- Flowers and their parts come in all shapes and sizes!
3-D Flower Models with third graders!
“What is the oh-vair-ee?”
Ah, the ovary. So, we stopped to watch a Magic School Bus video which explains it perfectly and then we went back to creating our flower models.