Seeds: Growing things

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Plants can be grown with or without seeds. Pollination, germination, photosynthesis and suitable conditions are all an essential process of growing plants. SCIS 1525194


Biology of Plants

A simple and effective introduction to the basics of plant biology. Includes animated graphics and short video clips using speeded up photography. Also includes games, songs, and lesson plans for teachers.

Suggested level: primary
www.mbgnet.net/bioplants/


Gardening for New Zealand Children

Tips for children on planning a garden, and growing things including bulbs and sunflowers.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.bestgardening.com/bgc/hub/kids.htm


Growing new plants without seeds

An activity helping students grow plants from spores, bulbils, rhizomes and stolons.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://sciencelearn.org.nz/Science-Stories/Seeds-Stems-and-Spores/Growing-new-plants-without-seeds


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has a range of plant related videos and resources for adults, children, parents and teachers.BBC iWonder also has some fascinating information on plants from early plants to how they defy ageing.

Suggested level: primary
www.bbc.co.uk/search?filter=bitesize&q=plants


How Seeds are Dispersed

Explores the many ways seeds are dispersed. External links further explain, through sound and visual movement, how seeds are removed from the plant and dispersed through a variety of different ways.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.vtaide.com/png/seed-dispersion.htm


Native plant restoration

The Department of Conservation offers easy care advice on when and how to collect seeds of native plants and the conditions suitable to grow them. Also links on how to go about setting up a community nursery and how to plant to attract wildlife.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/run-a-project/restoration-advice/native-plant-restoration/


The Plant Escape

Join Detective La Plant's adventure through the world of plants. As his assistant you will need to find clues, do experiments, and solve problems. The interactive site supports inquiry learning.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/gpe/gpe.html


Seeds and Plant Growth Discovery Pack

Designed to allow pupils, aged 5 to 12 Years, to explore the world of seeds and plant growth. The pdf activity sheets can be used to encourage children to care for and appreciate living things.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.bbsrc.ac.uk/society/schools/primary/seeds-plant-growth.aspx


EPIC

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on seeds, at junior and more advanced levels. School log-on and password required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books
Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

If you hold a seed, by Elly MacKay, 2013. (picture book)
Rooting for you, by Susan Hood, 2013. (picture book)
Seedfolks, by Paul Fleishman, 1997. (junior fiction)

Videos
Epigeal germination climbing bean time lapse. Neil Bromhall. YouTube. 2:39.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2RuVxdr0mA

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Catherina Chen. YouTube. 9.58.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6wTeT2cKA&index=5&list=PL4718315955E2670A