Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Seed Science

We've started a science unit on seeds. We're following a unit study from the curriculum Science Through Children's Literature An Integrated Approach by Carol and John Butzow. We read Eric Carle's book The Tiny Seed yesterday and today we're looking at different seeds under the microscope. We started out with lettuce seeds. When looking in the microscope our little girl (4) shouted, "It looks like the giantest cucumber." It's amazing how many ridges are on the seed and how long it appears. It's not noticeable to the naked eye. We also looked at a beet seed. Our middle son described it as a "sand world." When viewing a cabbage seed under the microsope our oldest thought it reminded him of a piece of gold, but then later thought it looked like a "crusty surface like a rice cracker."

The microscope we're using was my hubby's when he was a young kid. It's no wonder it was one of his prize possessions. That little chemist grew up to be a big chemist. By the way, the big chemist just got a new job as an asset economist. We're so proud of him!

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