A few years ago I signed up to receive over a hundred seed packets from the Teacher Exchange in Southern Nevada. Every year since then I have been finding projects kids can do with the seeds. It seems like no matter how many projects we do, the seeds are never used up.
This year I was asked to collaborate with first grade teachers to find higher level thinking activities for their students during intervention time. I found out that they have been focusing on plants in science. After getting teacher input, I started brainstorming different ideas for higher level thinking, problem solving, and visual spatial challenges the kids can do in small groups on their own. One of the activities I have come up with is the Seeds and Plants Matching Game.
Here’s how the game works. Students have three seed cards. Each card has seeds taped onto the front and clues about the plants on the back. The goal is to match the seeds with the correct seed packets. This requires students to use visual observation skills to study the seeds. They also use reading comprehension and problem solving skills when analyzing the clues on the back of the seed cards.
It takes a bit of time to put these games together. This is how I did it.
Cardstock or file folders large enough to fit 3 seed packets side by side
Notecards that will fit into seed packets
3 seed packets
Clear Packing Tape
- First I had to come up with clues to put on the back of the seed cards. Luckily, I had some students who finished their work early and helped me do the research. I printed out the clues and glued them on the back of the cards.
- I taped the seeds from the packets to the notecards. I sprinkled the seeds onto the notecard, taped them on with the packing tape, and also covered the clues on the back with the tape.
- Next, I glued the seed packets to the front of my card stock. I also added instructions and the name of each plant.
- On the back of the card stock I glued on an open business envelope. This is where the seed packets and answer card are stored.
- Once everything was attached, I turned in the games for laminating.
- I had to slice through the lamination in order to open the seed packets and envelope.
- In order for students to be able to play this game on their own, I included answer cards, which were also laminated.