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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, Ks  67205
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Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday


Plant Explorations

Grade: 1 (limit 30 students)
Time: 45 minutes






Students will review the parts of the plant and the role they play in the survival of the plant through a hands-on small group activity. The class will read the book, "A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds" to learn more about seeds and review plant life cycles. Then the small groups will dissect seeds and learn about how they become plants. Finally, each group will plant different colored bean seeds in pots to start an observational experiment to answer the question if the different seeds will grow into plants that look alike or different. This lesson is presented by Sedgwick County Master Gardener volunteers. 

Availability:4 week advance notice is required to schedule this lesson. 


  • 1-LS1-2 - Read texts and use media to determine patterns in the behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive
  • LS1.A - Plants have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow
  • LS1.B - Adults plants can have young. Then engage in activities that help the offspring to survive
  • 1-LS3-1 - Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants are like but not exactly like their parents
  • LS3.A - Plants are very much, but not exactly like their parents
  • LS3.B - Individuals of the same kind of plant are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways
  • Other Standards: Social Studies- Families and English/Language Arts Themes: As we grow, we change and things around us change

Teacher Provides: 

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Paper/plastic lined tables for each small group. 

A PDF version of the order information is available here for planning purposes only.