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>To: thinkingfountain@smm.org
>Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 12:38:46 -0500 (CDT)
>From: Heather
>Subject: Design a seed
>
>This was an idea I used this year to enrich a unit of study 
>on plants and animals in the 3rd grade. The students really 
>enjoyed getting creative with the idea 
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>Design a seed
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>This is an acitivity that can be used with any K-6 
>classroom. To enrich a study of plants and seeds, 
>students can design a traveling device for a seed. 
>After researching the various ways seeds travel (by
>wind, water, air, animals), students can create a new
>traveling device for a seed that will take it far from
>the mother plant to germinate and grow. For instance,
>using the example of a dandelion: a dandelion seed
>travels by opening up a parachute and being carried by
>the wind. Students can use materials such as paper, 
>modeling clay, toothpicks, cotton, feathers, pipe 
>cleaners...any variety of materials. This is a great 
>way for students to show their understanding of how 
>seeds travel by creating a physical model of a new 
>traveling device for a seed.
>
>Heather

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