In a recent science unit, students in Mrs. Granneman's second grade class learned about seed dispersal, then designed a seed pod. The class read about how important it is for the seeds to travel away from the parent plant to a place where they will be able to have better chance of survival. Students learned there are several ways seeds can travel; wind, drop and roll, water, be consumed and then passed out in their droppings, carried on an animal’s fur, burst out of the pod, buried, or be shaken out of a pod.
Working in groups, students chose the method they wanted to create. They drew a design and labeled the items they would need to make their seed pod. When they finished, students tested them. Most groups found success with their design. At the end of the project, they wrote down the procedure used and the results. Students will also share any design changes they think might help their seeds travel further.