Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity children explore how plants grow from seeds. Children begin by looking for plants in their yard and identifying the parts of a plant. They then participate in a guided role-play activity where they act out the way a seed grows into a plant. Children plant seeds into tubs which they then remove at different stages of growth to observe how the roots and shoots form. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

This activity has been developed in partnership with   ACT_FOR_BEES_Inline_Ident_CMYK

 

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

4. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

Unit of work: Love Food? Love Seeds! – Early Learning

Resources required:

Ages 0 – 2 – 

  • You will need four or five small planting tubs filled with soil, a class set of gardening gloves, as well as equipment to label the tubes. You will also need as many seeds as you have tubs (quick germinating seeds include watermelons, beans, peas, zucchini and pumpkin – check your local nursery). You should choose just one type of seed to plant. Alternatively, you could choose to sprout seeds in a jar

Ages 3 to 5 – 

  • You will need at least ten small planting tubs (unfilled) and soil, a class set of gardening gloves, as well as equipment to label the tubes. You will also need as many seeds as you have tubs (quick germinating seeds include watermelons, beans, peas, zucchini and pumpkin – check your local nursery). You should choose just one type of seed to plant. Alternatively, you could choose to sprout seeds in a jar
  • Optional – Plant Life Cycle Factsheet.

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to get children thinking about how plants grow from seeds. Children begin by looking for plants in their yard and work together to identify the parts of a plant. Through a guided role-play activity they find out how the roots and shoots grow from a seed, before planting some seeds. Children plant seeds into tubs which they then remove at different stages of growth to observe and learn how plants look during their first stages of growth.

Teacher content information: Bees first appeared on Earth at least 80 million years ago. The ancestors of modern bee species lived alongside the dinosaurs - a time when giant pines, cedars, tree ferns and cycads were the main plants and the air swarmed with primitive insects, including oversized dragonflies and giant butterflies. During this time, the first flowering plants (angiosperms) appeared and a more effective way of pollination was needed, other than simply relying on the wind.

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