Types of seeds & How plants Grow

This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete. 

There are two videos to choose from about seeds and how plants grow. The first one is better for younger kids, the others will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

Monocot & Dicot Seeds

Seed Dispersal… Or, How seeds get around

Now Choose An Activity

Sprout Bean Seeds in a jar

Over a few days, you can sprout bean seeds (or other seeds!) and watch how they grow.

You will need:

  • Clear glass or jar
  • Paper towels
  • Seeds (try several types!)
  • Water 

Watch the video above and then get started!

Extension: Divide a piece of plain white paper into eight squares. Beginning the day your seed starts to sprout, DRAW your seed/plant’s progress daily for eight days! Save your drawing page for your portfolio!

Label the Parts of a seed

Here is a link to download and print a worksheet about seeds.

Label the parts of the seed and colour it carefully.

Save your seed worksheet for your portfolio!

DIsect a Dicot Seed

Dicot seeds are the types of seeds with two halves, like bean seeds.

In this experiment, you’ll dissect a Dicot seed.

You’ll need:

  • Bean seeds (the dry kind we eat are fine)
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • A skewer or something pointy

Remember to SOAK your seed for at least six hours before you disect it!

Seed Dispersal Experiment

See what happens when seeds are dispersed with explosive force.

For this experiment you need:

  • Tiny seeds
  • Balloon
  • Funnel
  • Something sharp, like a skewer

Poppies are one example of a plant with explosive dispersion. Can you think of others?

Seed dispersal Project

For this project will need a piece of plain paper, markers or pens, and scissors, that’s it!

Watch this video for step by step instructions.

SAVE your seed dispersal project for your portfolio!

Books About Seeds

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

Seeds move Read Aloud

NOw Let’s Have some fun!