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Seeds and Seedlings

The Teaching Primary Science book Seeds and seedlings contains many suggestions for class organisation and for activities relating to this topic. It acknowledges and makes suggestions for addressing the problem of what to do between sowing seeds and producing seedlings and then harvesting. The book combines information and suggestions about the subject matter and about ways of teaching. Teachers are urged to collect and use ideas and experiences that children bring to their classroom activities.

Introduction: Class and classroom organization
1. Starting and sorting
2. Sizes of seeds: measurement
3. Planting seeds
4. Soaking seeds in water
5. Keeping records of growth and development
6. Children's interest: starting points
7. The value of collections
8. Children and vocabulary
9. Explaining, predicting and testing
10. Science and everyday life: seeds and grains as food
11. Checking up
12. Help with identifying seeds
13. Suggestions for further work
14. Workcards: help or hindrance?

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