Students took turns adding the dry lima beans to the bowl before sharing their their guess for what was going to happen. We made a list of our predictions.
The next day we examined the seeds and made another chart to see which predictions happened and which didn't.
Next, we opened up the seeds to see the different parts.
We talked about each part (seed coat, food and seedling) and then pasted them on our sheet.
To wrap the lesson up and make sure students fully understood the concept we then acted it out. We crouched down and put on our coat to protect us. Then the ate the food and burst out of our coat as we (the seedlings) grew. They loved it!
I'm always on the look out for easy hands on science lessons. I would love to hear about your favorite one...leave it in the comments!