Some pop, some glide, some stick and many float in the air or on the water. Every spring we see that there is enduring evidence of our local plants’ ability to survive and spread in the vibrant new growth that carpets our forests and fields. How seeds travel merits closer investigation! Some, incredibly, are spread by animal scat (poop). Your students will participate in some hands-on activities, which simulate the dispersal of seeds (except the scat one!), sort and collect wildflower seeds and examine in detail, their methods of dispersal.
Season Availability: Fall, Spring
Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants
2. investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various plants, and ways in which the characteristics of plants relate to the environment in which they grow;
3. demonstrate an understanding that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics.
2.1 follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations
2.2 observe and compare the parts of a variety of plants
2.4 investigate ways in which a variety of plants adapt and/or react to their environment, including changes in their environment, using a variety of methods
2.5 use scientific inquiry/experimentation skills (see page 12), and knowledge acquired from previous investigations, to investigate a variety of ways in which plants meet their basic needs
2.6 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including stem, leaf, root, pistil, stamen, flower, adaptation, and germination, in oral and written communication
3.2 identify the major parts of plants, including root, stem, flower, stamen, pistil, leaf, seed, and fruit, and describe how each contributes to the plant’s survival within the plant’s environment
3.3 describe the changes that different plants undergo in their life cycles