The Q&A Archives: Classroom Seed Starting

Question: I am going to teach children 7-14 years old about starting seeds, marigolds in particular. Can you recommend any literature, on line or off line that might help me take this down to their level?<br>

Answer: It's interesting to get kids to think about just what a seed is. Is it alive or dead? What does a seed need to grow? Would it grow in something other than soil? Other questions to spark ideas include: What makes a good planting medium? What is soil--what are the elements that make up soil? Why do roots grow down? Can you think of a way to make them grow upwards? <br><br>For the older kids--What keeps seeds from growing inside a tomato or orange? What adaptations have plants made to ensure their seedsgerminate at the proper time (ex. chilling requirements, exposure to a certain amount of water, even scorching by fire!)<br><br>National Gardening Association's GrowLab program is an inquiry-based curriculum bringing plant-based learning to the classroom. Visit the web site at and check out the Kids and Classrooms page.<br><br>For ideas on integrating plants and gardening into the classroom, browse through some of the articles from the newsletter "Growing Ideas: A Journal of Plant-Based Learning":<br><br><br><br>For general information on seed starting techniques, visit Gardener's Supply's web site at:<br><br><br><br>For linksto lots of other sites about gardening in the classroom, see:<br><br><br><br>Have a great time!

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