Tuesday, December 13, 2011
It's Pumpkin Time!/The Apple Pie Tree: Seed Germination
This time, use seeds straight from an apple or pumpkin. That can provide an added lesson for students - we regularly refer to that part of apples (and other fruit) as the seed, but there are students (young and old) out there who don't truly understand that those seeds will sprout and grow into a new plant.
Following the same procedure as before...
Wet the towel and wring out as much water as possible.
Slide the towel into a zip-top bag.
Place the seeds in a row, about an inch from the bottom of the bag.
After completing this activity, you and your students might want to see what other seeds, taken directly from food you eat, you can get to germinate. Be forewarned - seeds that have been cooked in some way won't germinate, and some seeds need to go through extra steps before they'll germinate, like tomatoes, but you should find quite a few that you can get to grow.