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Seed Adaptations


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Seed Adaptations

By participating in a seed scavenger hunt, learners examine many adaptations of seeds, including how many seeds a plant makes, how those seeds travel to new locations, and what protects them from predators and weather. Learners consider why dispersal or spread of seeds is important to the survival of plant species as they identify seeds that fly, seeds that float on air, seeds that cling to other things that move, and more. This activity can be done in conjunction with the Local Field Guide activity from the same source, and is great for an outdoor field trip. This activity can be found on pages 26-27 of the activity guide.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Worksheet – Seed Adaptations
  • Clipboard and pencil
  • Magnifying lenses
  • 5 resealable plastic bags

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Source Collection:

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, TERC, ©2007

Funding Sources:

  • NASA, NAS5-26555
  • National Science Foundation, NSF 9730728

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