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Plant reproduction is a topic that lends itself to many areas within the junior and middle school curriculum. This teacher resource provides a number of literacy and numeracy links to NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2.

Note: This resource is intended to encourage links across the curriculum areas. Reading or writing about science concepts is only one aspect of a science programme. An effective science programme challenges students through activities, discussion and reflection.

Below are suggestions for:

  • reading
  • writing
  • numeracy.

Reading

The science articles The seed-flower life cycle and Seed dispersal were written with younger students in mind. Consider using these as shared reading or for small group reading.

Here is a selection of readers appropriate to this topic. Please check your own reading resources to supplement this list.

Ready To Read

 

  • This Leaf (red)
  • Growing Pumpkins (orange)

PM

  • Sally’s Bean (yellow)

Foundation

  • Be a Plant Scientist (purple)

Sunshine

 

  • The Seed (yellow)
  • Seeds, Seeds, Seeds
  • Seeds Grow
  • Plants and Seeds
  • From Flowers to Fruit

Junior Journal

  • (22) Taking the Scraps Out (2000)

School Journal

 

  • Seeds That Wear Life Jackets (Pt 1 No 5 2003) (Year 4)
  • Seeds for the Birds (Pt 2 No 4 2007) (Year 4)
  • King of the grapes (Part 1 No 4 2000) (Year 5)
  • Hidden Seeds (Pt 4 No 1 1995) (Year 7)

Connected

  • Seeds (No 1 1999)
  • Grow your Own Ferns (No 3 2002)
  • Moturoa Students (No 2 2010)

Te Tāhuhu O Te Mātauranga

  • Ngā Rau

Writing

  • Write a recount of one of the student activities. Develop a list of subject-specific vocabulary for students to use.
  • Write about dispersal from a seed’s point of view. This is creative writing, but suggest students use the appropriate dispersal method and subject-specific vocabulary.
  • The activity Seed dispersal puppet play has a written storyboard and opportunities for a written voiceover to narrate the play.
  • The activity Pollination role-plays has a written component.
  • The activity Student-led investigations about seeds has a written component.

Numeracy

  • Use plant parts (for example, fern fronds or flower petals) as a means of non-standard measurement. Students work in pairs to measure a distance by counting the number of times they can place the frond or petal end to end.
  • Extend the activity by using different sized fern fronds or petals. Leave it to the students to notice the different measurement outcomes. Then discuss why we have standard units of measurement like the metre or centimetre.
  • Graph results from the Student-led investigations about seeds activity.
  • Check out the NZ Maths rates and ratios activity Seed packets (Proportions and Ratios, AP, Stage 8).
    Published 2 February 2014 Referencing Hub articles