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National Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix


Companion Resource

Growing Letters!

Young children place seeds on a sheet of paper and watch the seeds germinate.

Time to Complete
30
Materials
  • Seeds
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Construction Paper
  • Water bottle
  • Wax paper or cookie sheets
Procedures
  1. Cut large sheets of construction paper in half (hot-dog style). One 1/2 piece of paper for each student.
  2. Next, write each students’ name on the construction paper strip using the crayons. Older students can write their own name.
  3. Now have each student trace over their name with glue. Elmer's white school glue will work or a glue stick.
  4. Once the student has traced his or her name in glue have them shake the seeds over the glue. If you use small seeds like radishes, carrots or even grass seeds you can put them in shakers to help students place the seeds easier. Old rinsed-out plastic spice jars work really well.
  5. Set to the side to let glue dry.
  6. Once the glue is dried place the projects on wax paper or on cookie sheets so the seeds can be spritzed with water. Do not saturate the paper but do get the seeds damp. The seeds should be kept damp to ensure growth.
Author
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
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