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Seed Sort

Suggested Grades

1+

Objective

Students will examine seeds for similarities and differences.

Materials

  • a variety of seeds, ask students to bring some from home
  • large pieces of paper
  • markers

Method

  • Split class into groups of three or four.
  • Give each group a large number of seeds and ask them to draw two circles on a piece of paper. Try to organize the seeds into two distinctive groups (ie. smooth and bumpy, long and round, fruits and vegetables, etc.). No seed can be left over.
  • Have each group share their categorization technique.
  • Now draw another circle on the paper. Try organizing seeds into three distinctive groups.
  • Have each group share their categorization technique.
  • As a challenge try even more groups.

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