The Summer My Father was Ten – Activity #1: “Sowing Seeds”
Activity #1: “Sowing Seeds”
The purpose of this activity is to have the students be able to experience planting seeds, monitoring the growth of a plant, and taking responsibility for the care of a plant. This activity will take a couple of weeks from beginning to end.
Marigold seeds are recommended as they sprout in 5-7 days. Alternatively bush beans, sweet peas, radishes, and nasturtium are fast sprouting seeds as well. Plant seeds 1/8 inch deep.
Observation Recording Sheet
Planting pots such as jars, tins, or biodegradable pots (made by rolling 4×10 inch strips of newspaper around a small can leaving 1 inch off bottom. Press and fold the 1 inch end around the bottom and press firmly together or tape in place). Add soil.
Print Observation Recording Sheet (each sheet allows two days to observe and record so multiply by number of days you have students observe and record)
Purchase seeds and soil
Collect/purchase plant pots or make newspaper ones
Step by Step:
Step One: Place soil into containers and label with student’s name.
Step Two: Have students press seed JUST below the surface of the soil. Add small amount of water.
Step Three: Have students record on Observation Recording Sheet each of their steps.
Step Four: As the seed begins to sprout, have the student record the information on the Observation Recording Sheet.
Students will complete an activity that provides them with an opportunity to learn about the growth and care of a plant, while also practicing responsibility. As the students experience the process, they reflect on how Mr. Bellavista may have felt when the young boys ruined his carefully tended garden.
*Part of this activity was taken from the Responsive Classroom