Four Winds Topics and Resources 2009-2010

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Next up? Cones and Seeds

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Parts of a Seed

Biology of Plants: Seed Dispersal

PBS Nature Excerpt: The Seedy Side of Plants Video Vodcast
2 minute excerpt from longer PBS Nature episode is both dynamic and engaging. If you use one resource- this would be a good one!

Videos of Giant Sequoia Seed Dispersal and Germination from ARKive (can be downloaded for use in the classroom, please see Shannon in the Library/Learning Center if you need assistance.

PBSKIds Zoom- Seed Socks Activity
In this ZOOMSci experiment, you're invited to walk through a grassy or weedy field in your stocking feet, then plant a sock and see what grows. Teachers' Domain- username: cpsmith pw: library

Seedy Character
From EEK: Environmentasl Education for Kids. Seeds are dispersed, or moved, by the wind, water, people, and wild animals. Match the seed with the way it is designed to be dispersed. (Hint: Some seeds can be dispersed in more than one way.)

PBSKIds Zoom-Mystery Seeds Activities
How many different seeds can you grow?

PBSKIds Zoom-The Germinator Activity
The Germinator. Not a movie by Arnold Schwarzenpumpernickel. It's a place for growing seeds.

A Science Experiment with Pine Cones and Water
Simple experiment re: Pine Cone seed dispersal and protection from rain water

The Miracle of Plants: Smart Seeds
Seeds may look dead, but they are not. Seeds stay dry, hard, and "asleep" for long periods of time in order to be ready to "wake up" when conditions are right for them to grow into plants. Visit this web site to learn how seeds turn into plants. You will learn about the process of "germination" which is the time when a seed wakes up and bursts out of its covering. Find out how a seed knows whether it will become a daisy, a rose, an apple, or an oak tree.

Make a Mexican Jumping Bean (for older students)
The mobile plant seeds known as Mexican jumping beans are one of nature's most unusual curiosities. This science experiment from the "Surfing Scientist" presents a way to explore the natural energy behind the movements of these seedpods using a piece of aluminum foil, a marble, and a square lunchbox. Follow the instructions in the series of photographs at "Make a Mexican Jumping Bean," to observe the conditions under which the larvae of the Jumping Bean moth (Laspeyresia saltitans) which reproduce and survive within the seed casings, make their characteristic movements.

Cone Harvesting:
How do they get cones off very high tree tops? Check out these Cone Harvesting techniques. Be sure to see the link to "machines" page.

Life Cycle of a Plant- This is a fun set of activities which will help you gain an understanding of the life cycle of plants. There are animations to illustrate a variety of plant processes,games to play, and worksheets to complete. Animated Seed Dispersal is especially good.

Life Cycle of a Seed Plant
In this interactive activity adapted from the University of Alberta, explore various stages in the life cycle of a flowering seed plant, including zygote, embryo, seed, germination, maturity, and pollination. Play an interactive game that illustrates the different functions of flower parts and how they relate to the life cycle.

PBS Kids: Curious George episode- Fruit WrappersTeachers' Domain- username: cpsmith pw: library

University of Illinois/Urbana- The Great Plant Escape
Help Detective Le Plant discover how a seed grows into a plant. Students will learn to describe a seed's structure and what's needed for seed growth.