To begin our preschool S is for Seeds theme I wanted to let the kids explore different foods to look for seeds and make their own discoveries about foods with seeds, so we did this simple science investigation.
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At first I started getting things out of the fridge on my own, but then I realized I was missing an opportunity for the kids to show me what they already know about foods with seeds. Instead I put everything back and placed a large basket on the floor. Then I called the kids over and asked, “Which foods have seeds?” I told them they could pick from the foods in the pantry and the fridge and show me which foods they think have seeds.
This was a great way to informally assess what they already know, and their conversations gave me a deeper understanding of their prior knowledge. They showed me that they already had a pretty good understanding of which foods had seeds. There were only a couple of times when one child would grab something that didn’t have seeds, and usually the other child would help clarify. I was pleasantly surprised at how they worked through their differences in opinions.
When they decided on their final items, I told them that we would be exploring the different foods throughout the week to learn more about which ones have seeds and compare the seeds. If I was in a classroom with more kids, we would have explored all of the foods in one day, but I wanted to be able to use all of the food throughout the week without it going to waste
As the week progressed, we opened up 2 or 3 different foods throughout the day as we prepared snacks and meals. Each time the kids got very excited about cutting open the food and looking for seeds. When possible, we harvested the seeds and set them out to dry. We used many of them in other activities that I will be sharing about soon.
What ways have you helped your kids learn about the kinds of foods that have seeds?
Find more ideas on my Letter S Pinterest Board.
Another resource I am enjoying as we are working on our S is for Seeds theme and our other spring activities is our copy of The Garden Classroom. This new book is a terrific resource for learning to create your own garden classroom no matter the size of your gardening space or your skill level. In addition to great tips about gardening with kids, there are literacy, math, science, craft, and play ideas.
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