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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.

Challenge C

Title: Seeds, Stories and Science 

Due Date: Fri., March 25, 2022 by 5 p.m. 

Your Challenge:

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

  • 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:

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.

  • Grades K – Five

    • CC.1.2.2.C Describe the connection between a series of events, concepts, or steps in a procedure within a text.
    • CC.1.2.2.J Acquire and use grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases.
    • CC.1.4.2.A Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
    • CC.1.4.2.G Write opinion pieces on familiar topics or texts.
    • CC.1.4.2.J Create an organizational structure that includes reasons and includes a concluding statement.
    • CC.1.4.2.K Use a variety of words and phrases to appeal to the audience.
    • CC.1.4.2.LDemonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. • Capitalize proper nouns. • Use commas and apostrophes appropriately. • Spell words drawing on common spelling patterns. • Consult reference material as needed.
    • CC.1.4.2.M Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.
    • 9.1.5.B Recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts.
    • 4.1.2.E Identify how living things survive changes in their environment.
    • 4.1.K.D Observe and describe what happens to living things when needs are met.
    • 4.1.K.E Identify how the changes of seasons affect their local environment.
    • 4.1.2.D Identify differences in living things (color, shape, size, etc.) and describe how adaptations are important for survival.
    • 4.1.4.A Explain how living things are dependent upon other living and nonliving things for survival. 
    • 4.1.4.D Explain how specific adaptations can help organisms survive in their environment.
    • 4.4.K.A Identify common plants and animals found in Pennsylvania agricultural systems.
    • 4.4.K.C Observe and describe stages of life cycles for plants and animals.  

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