Welcome to the elementary school challenge page for Challenge C of the Fairchild Challenge! Read below to find challenge information, entry requirements, resources and more for the challenge.
Title: Seeds, Stories and Science
Due Date: Fri., March 25, 2022 by 5 p.m.
Seeds are the beginnings of many parts of our world. From the forests around us to the food on our plate, most plant-life begins with seeds. Learn more about what makes seeds so unique and important with this challenge!
K to 1st Grade: Your challenge is to create a storybook about seeds. Describe the shape, size, and color of seeds from different plants.
2nd and 3rd Grade: Your challenge is to create a comic book about seed germination. Your comic book should be several pages long. Show how a seed turns into a plant and how different seeds require different environmental factors, such as cold stratification or wildfire, in order to germinate.
4th and 5th Grade: Research ways that seeds can travel (wind, water, animals, etc). Your challenge is to create a comic strip illustrating one method of seed dispersal. Include descriptions of the seed and how it is being carried to a new location.
Entry Requirements: Deliver to the science education coordinator at Phipps in person, via certified mail, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Challenge Entry Form, include the school name and the participating students’ names.
- Storybook, comic book, or comic strip
Resources: The following list of online resources may be used when preparing your entry:
- ElmsCourse: Seed Discovery
- Sustainable, Secure Food Blog: Seed Shapes and Sizes
- Kids Gardening: Germination Exploration
- K8SchoolLessons: Seed Germination
- K8SchoolLessons: Seed Dispersal
- Books and Willow: Seed Dispersal
- Scholastic: Seed Sensation
- Around the Kampfire
This Global Challenge was designed by Fairchild Botanic Garden and adapted by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden for the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps. The original challenge can be viewed here.
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