Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Seed Dissection!

I love teaching science and one of my favorite units is Plants!  That is one reason why I am in love with my Plant Lapbook Unit!

I'm super proud of it! It's a complete reading unit, filled with reading selections, fold-its and quick checks! Ok, enough self promotion!  On to some fun stuff!

Like I said, I love teaching plants.  When we are learning about the plant life cycle and parts of a seed, I love to disect seeds in class!  It's super easy and so fun!

First, buy a bag of lima beans. You'll need some dry beans.  Then, soak some overnight in water. 

The kids are always amazed at how large the beans grow when they are soaked in water!

First, the students observe a dry seed. I usually let them use a hand lens, because it makes it even more exciting. :)

Now, the best part! Take off the seed coat, split the bean in half...

Guess what you'll find inside?
It still amazes me when I see the little seedling, or embryo, inside the seed!  

It is such an easy science experiment, but the kids always love it. 

I was going to make a recording sheet, but I decided to do a little search on TPT and guess what? I found an excellent freebie.  It was step by step and used great vocabulary!  Click here to check it out!

I am heading to the beach tomorrow (yes, I'm taking two days off woohoo!), so I might be MIA this weekend. I'm sure I'll be posting some of my happy ocean pictures on my Instagram. Be sure you follow me @adventuresinthird! 

Have a great week friends!


  1. Hi Amber, great seed dissection activity! Hope you have a fun beach day!

    Science for Kids Blog

  2. Beach trip without me again? What?

    I love this activity:) Looks like your kiddoes did, too.

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. What a great and easy experiment. I will have to remember this. I am moving to 3rd grade next year. Any thoughts or advice or ??? Hope you had a great time at the beach!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  4. Love this!!!

  5. LOVE this. I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures. It really is amazing what's inside a bean! :-)

    My Kind of Teaching


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