Seed Sort

This is a good beginning of the year activity for science and math because it's straightforward, integrated between two subjects, and builds fine motor skills. This activity is based upon a classic book, The Carrot Seed, a book about a little boy planting a seed and not giving up. First I read the book, then we talked about how seeds germinate, and finally, I showed my students this video to explain how seeds become a plant. Then we sorted seeds. Here's what we did:

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I bought three types of seeds - watermelon, popcorn, and sunflower. (You could use whatever seeds that are available.) I plopped them into a cup and mixed them up. Then I passed out this freebie to help sort the seeds. 

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Students then dumped the seeds onto their seeds and began sorting.

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I've forgotten that my kindergarten students can't count up to 100, so I had to adjust the amount of seeds I gave them. My 2nd graders received about 70 seeds while my younger ones sorted 20 seeds. 

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After sorting, students wrote how many seeds they counted. And that's it. A great introduction to learning about seeds and counting. Oh, and one more thing. I showed my students this Peep video because Peep is awesome! And so are my students! And seeds! Enjoy!