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<a href="http://bookwizard.scholastic.c... Carrot Seed</i></a> is an easy way to introduce seeds as a unit of study. Students love to collect seeds and compare them in their museum.
- The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
- assorted seeds (Anything from coconuts to poppy seeds.)
- index cards, blank
- writing pencils
Students will "identify the structures in plants...that are responsible for ... reproduction...." --Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Have a discussion about what a museum is. Explain that students will be creating a seed museum.
Fold the index cards in half, so they stand. (They should look like a name card at a dinner table.) Help students to label the cards with the name of the seed. Use a second index card to write a description of the plant the seed will grow into, or an illustration of the plant. Display the seeds and card in the classroom. Invite neighboring classes to come for a tour.
In older grades, students can make audio recordings that tell about the various seeds. The recordings can be used as visitors tour the museum.
Visit a local museum and talk about proper museum etiquette. Expectations may vary for the type of museum being visited.