This series of activities can be done year round. Students are divided into four groups. Time frame for this series is approximately 2 hours.
Conceptual Framework: Plant structure and function, seed dispersal
Students learn about the life cycle of a plant doing this series of activities. They will go to the treelab platforms (#6) to look at various types of leaves, through the greenhouses and on a clue hunt to discover the process of germination.
- Docent will talk about the different foods that come from plants.
- Docent will pass out the student page and have them color and identify what part of the plant each comes from.
- Docent will discuss the answers and explain each.
- Students will be invited to share in Tree treats.
- Docent will ask students what seeds are and what they do.
- Students will be given a cup and told to collect any seeds they find for five minutes.
- Then pairs of students will drag a piece of cloth along the ground to see what seeds they pick up.
- Have students put masking tape on bottoms of shoes and walk around to see if they find anything new.
- Analyze the shapes and sizes of seeds and methods of seed dispersal.
- Docent will prompt students to think about the lifecycle of trees. What stages do they undergo?
- Have students mimic the changes. Start by curling up in a tight ball, representing a seed.
- Uncurl and kneel, sprouting.
- Stick one arm in the air, growing a branch.
- Hold up the other arm, growing another.
- Wiggle fingers, growing leaves.
- Stand up, growing tall.
- Spread feet apart, spreading roots
- Wiggle toes, growing little roots.
- Scratch all over, insect infestation.
- Make loud noise, struck by lightning
- Smile and sigh, home for wildlife
- Make hammering noise, woodpeckers attack
- Creaking sound and fall down, blown down in a storm
- Stick up one arm, coppice sprout from log.
- Take students to nearby trees and show them some of these different stages of life.
- Docent will discuss local edible plant species.
- Students will use reference materials to make their own sketchbook of wild edible plants.
- These will include the picture, name of the plant, and what portions are edible
- Students will be given opportunity to taste native edible plants.