REAL Pinecones and Seedpods to compare and contrast!
REAL Pine Seeds to plant and take home!
REAL Pine Nuts to taste!
The earth's forests are being depleted faster than they are being replenished. Deforestation is a major environmental issue as cities and roads have been built in areas that were once home to thriving forest ecosystems. This impacts not only the trees and plants, but also all of the wildlife that depend on the forest for their food. Children will become involved in replenishing the forests with this great activity!
This kit contains tree nuts. Please be aware of any participant who may be allergic.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Teach children about the importance of our forests.
- Learn about germination and compare and contrast a variety of beautiful and unique seed pods and pine cones (they smell great too!)
- Play a role in helping to replenish the forests by planting a Pine Tree seed.
- Encourage children to care for their Pine trees until they become a sapling, and hopefully one day will replant it outside.
- Eat pine nuts for a little "taste" of the forest.
- All the materials you'll need for each participant to grow their very own pine tree.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that provides everything you'll need to teach about forests and germination.
- A real pine cone and seedpot set with 10 samples for comparing and contrasting.
To see a cone and pod identification sheet click here
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3, NS.K-4.6, and NS.5-8.3 Science in Personal and Social Perspective and Life Science.
Content Standard F: Types of Resources (K-4)
The supply of many resources is limited. If used, resources can be extended through recycling and decreased use.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
Reproduction and Heredity (5-8)
Students know that plants reproduce sexually—the egg and sperm are produced in the flowers of flowering plants.
Life Cycles of Organisms (K-4)
Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying.
Plants and animals closely resemble their parents.
Specific (California standards):
(K.2a) Students know how to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and animals.
(K.2c) Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals.
(2.2a) Students know that organisms reproduce offspring of their own kind and that the offspring resemble their parents and one another.
(2.2f) Students know flowers and fruits are associated with reproduction in plants.
(7.5f) Students know the structures and processes by which flowering plants generate pollen, ovules, seeds, and fruit.