Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Grow, Pollinate, and Harvest Seeds in Your Classroom!

We planted seeds, pollinated them, and then harvested new seeds in my classroom this year. My students were thrilled when they saw the new baby seeds in the bean pods! This is project based learning that students will never forget!

We started each lesson by 'digging' into our text for close reading and note taking. The students were so engaged with the close read because it was meaningful to them since we had just planted our seeds. They wanted to learn how to make sure their seeds would grow. We started reading about germination and roots. Then, the students did a fun science project with Lima beans. 

Next we 'dug' into learning about the stem, and leaves with another close read. Students loved this close read because they got to work in partners to code the text and find new plant vocabulary words. After students independently close read about the flower, they got to dissect one in class. They enjoyed finding the pistil and the stamen.

Once our flowers bloomed in class we pollinated them using our bee sticks. 

The students' couldn't believe it when we opened our bean pods, days later, and found the new baby seeds inside. 

Once the plant life cycle was complete my students used their notes from each close read and wrote a nonfiction flip up book about the parts of the plant. Their writing was simply amazing! Their learning was authentic and meaningful and it really showed in their writing. They were so excited to be able to share their new knowledge about plants. 

Want to know how we did it? Check out our Life Cycle of a Plant Unit on TPT. It includes detailed instructions on how to grow, pollinate, and harvest seeds in your classroom. It also comes with leveled text for your students to close read and detailed lessons on how to get them to close read independently.  


  1. Wow- great activities! My favorite science unit is plants- there is SO much you can do with the kids and it's so easy to make it super hands on. I'm sure your kids had a blast exploring plants!

    Real Life in First Grade

    1. They loved it and I'm sure yours do too!

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  2. Thank you! Plants are so fun. I have taught the plant life cycle for a few years, but I have never had them pollinate their own flowers. It was so fun for them to harvest the new seeds. The seeds are now ready to be planted by my first graders this year.