This series of activities is best done in August and September.
Students are divided into four groups.
Time frame for this series is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Conceptual Framework: Plant growth and reproduction
Activity One – Seed Scavenger Hunt
1. Divide students into pairs
2. Distribute collection containers and prompt cards to each pair.
3. Have students look for seeds that: travel a long way when blown on, seeds that stick to fur,
seed heads with multiple seeds, etc.
4. Have students use a hand lens to compare the different types of seeds they found.
5. Discuss findings as a group.
Activity Two – Tree Life Cycle
1. Docent will prompt students to think about the lifecycle of trees. What stages do they undergo?
2. Have students mimic the changes. Start by curling up in a tight ball, representing a seed.
3. Uncurl and kneel, sprouting.
4. Stick one arm in the air, growing a branch.
5. Hold up the other arm, growing another.
6. Wiggle fingers, growing leaves.
7. Stand up, growing tall.
8. Spread feet apart, spreading roots
9. Wiggle toes, growing little roots.
10. Scratch all over, insect infestation.
11. Make loud noise, struck by lightning
12. Smile and sigh, home for wildlife
13. Make hammering noise, woodpeckers attack
14. Creaking sound and fall down, blown down in a storm
15. Stick up one arm, coppice sprout from log.
16. Take students to nearby trees and show them some of these different stages of life.
Activity Three – Pass the Plants Please
1. Docent will talk about the different foods that come from plants.
2. Docent will pass out the student page and have them color and identify what part of the plant each comes from.
3. Docent will discuss the answers and explain each.
4. Students will be invited to share in Tree treats.
Activity Four – Have Seeds Will Travel
1. Docent will ask students what seeds are and what they do.
2. Students will be given a cup and told to collect any seeds they find for five minutes.
3. Then pairs of students will drag a piece of cloth along the ground to see what seeds they pick up.
4. Have students put masking tape on bottoms of shoes and walk around to see if they find anything new.
5. Analyze the shapes and sizes of seeds and methods of seed dispersal.