It's that time of year where the seed pods are revealed after the leaves have fallen:
1. go on a quest for what has produced seeds.
2. collect some seeds and mark them carefully for planting in your own garden or
3. share with someone who is willing to send you their seeds. I would be willing to send you some of mine.
4. sketch some of the different shapes of pods and seeds noting what plants they they are from.
5. if your students find something else more fascinating while searching for seeds, then explore and sketch what has attracted their attention instead. The point is to get them noticing.
Here are some of my plants that have produced seeds:
|Red bud seed pods looking like laundry on the line.|
|The silver dollar, money plant or "Lunaria annua",|
|if you gently rub the outer shells,|
the parts with the seeds slip off,
|the 'silver dollar' is revealed|
and you have a beautiful dried plant for your home.
|Seeds fall and drift everywhere producing many plants,|
if you don't like them they pull up easily.
|Purple flag iris pods reflect the number 3 in their flowers,|
|the shells are hard and three sided.|
|Columbines gather their seeds as in a miniature rattle,|
|shake them gently to hear the tiny sound|
then dump them upside down to spread the seeds.
|Plantaginea hosta, the one with the lovely white flowers,|
|their seeds almost look like tiny maple tree keys.|