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.
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.