In this activity, students will match common food from the grocery store with the seeds that produce that food.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the life cycle of their food as they learn about the plants they rely on as food.
All plants start as a seed.
Seeds contain all the nutrition and information needed for the rest of the plant’s growth. When pollinators move pollen from one plant to another it is called cross-pollination. Many plants rely on cross-pollination to develop seeds; without pollinators, some plants would be unable to reproduce and soon go extinct! After flowers are pollinated, the ovules or eggs are fertilized. The ovules will develop into seeds and become the beginning for the next generation.
Many people can easily identify the name of the plant-based food they eat, but it is a greater challenge to identify what the seeds that produce the particular food look like.
Working in groups, students will discover that this challenge is achievable through critical thinking and discussion.