In this activity, students will observe and draw the inside of a seed that is beginning to grow.
All living things go through stages in life. Each type of plant and animal has its own life cycle, and the stages vary from species to species.
A common plant life cycle begins when a plant produces a seed.
A seed, buried in the ground, takes in water and nutrients from the soil to grow. Seeds germinate or "sprout" when the moisture and temperature conditions signal to the embryonic plant inside the protective seed coat that conditions outside are good to begin to grow.
The seed grows small roots and shoots that push through the surface of the soil. The shoots develop into a small seedling—branches with leaves.
Seedling grows into a mature plant and grows flowers, fruits, leaves or nuts that contain seeds.