Teachers & Parents

Welcome to the Science of Spring, where kids can learn about seeds and plants by engaging in a hands-on activity in which they observe seeds, plant them, and watch them grow.

Spring is a great time to go outside and explore with kids. This site builds on children’s natural curiosity about nature by providing them with the opportunity to examine the life cycle of a plant up close and personal.

This hands-on activity is enhanced with an online component where kids can record their observations about plant growth and share that information with kids from around the country. They also can upload a photo of their plant for each observation they submit.

What you’ll find on the Science of Spring Website:
All About Seeds: This page provides many images of different kinds of seeds, as well as seed facts, books about seeds, and a diagram of the parts of a seed and how it grows into a seedling.

Plant Investigation: This page provides instruction so that kids can conduct a plant investigation. This page also provides resources that encourage kids to record and share their observations.

Share Observations: At this page, kids can share information about their plant investigation. They also can upload one photo for each observation if they wish.

White House Egg Roll: This site was created in conjunction with the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.  The Science of Spring White House Egg Roll page provides information about activities from the event and directions for planting the Blue Lake Bush Green Bean seeds that were given away at the event.

Educator Resources:
Science NetLinks, the AAAS K-12 website for educators, has a number of resources on plants, seeds, and spring.

Look at Those Seeds Grow!, K-2
This lesson is written to accompany The Science of Spring website and to help incorporate the site and the planting of seeds into your science classroom. By the end, students will know the basic parts of seeds and what they need to grow into a plant.

Crops 2: What Plants Need to Grow, K-2
This lesson familiarizes students with the kinds of things that plants need to grow well.

Cycle of Life 1: Food Chain, 3-5
This lesson focuses on the food chain by helping students understand that almost all kinds of animals’ food can be traced back to plants and that the sun is the ultimate source of energy needed for all organisms to stay alive and grow.

The Four Seasons, 6-8
This lesson helps students understand that it is the tilt of earth’s axis that causes the seasons.

Tilted Earth, 6-12
In this podcast, learn what caused the earth to tilt, creating the seasons.