The Many Faces of Seeds
- Students will be able to classify seeds based on a set of factors that they establish.
Tools & Materials
There are many ways to classify seeds to provide organizational structure to your budding seed library. They can be grouped by physical characteristics of the seeds like size or color. Plant families provide a common grouping convention as well. Seeds could also be grouped based on preferred growing season or the color of their fruit. There are numerous options to consider.
In the flagship Edible Learning Lab we classify seeds as either hydroponics or raised planter stock. From there, we further define them by plant family to keep our library organized.
Seed classification exercise: Have the students use as many adjectives as possible to describe an assortment of seeds, then use these descriptors as classifying criteria to sort the seeds based on specific physical attributes. Log the data. As an extension, have the students design a spreadsheet to organize their classifications and graph the results to reflect the varieties or total seeds in each classification.
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