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Trees and Seeds: The ingenuity of Mariners’ Park native plants 

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Grade level: 4-5th

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Duration: 2 hours

Mariners’ Park is filled with a diverse array of native plants, many of which disperse their seeds in ingenious ways. Seeds venture on high-stakes journeys with the assistance of the wind, water, animals, or even fire, all in the name of colonizing new habitats and avoiding competition. In this session, students will conduct an outdoor nature search of seed transportation tree use. They will also practice nature journaling and inquiry-based discussion with their peers. Taking inspiration from nature, students will then work in small groups on a STEM challenge where they will build and test unique seed transport designs! These activities encourage students to think critically about force, motion, and energy in plant systems. After the classroom portion (75 minutes), students will have a special in-gallery experience connecting trees, art, and boat-building materials from around the world.

Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Practice their natural scientific observation and engineer design skills, and 
  • Gain knowledge of how humans can take inspiration from nature for scientific and social benefits.

Science (VDOE 2018):

  • Elementary: 4.1 (a, b, c, d), 4.2 (a, b, c), 4.3 (a, c, d), 4.4 (c), 4.8 (b, d), 5.1 (a, b, c, d), 5.2 (a, b, c, d), 5.3 (b, c, d)

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Elementary: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3; 5-LS2-1

VA Fine Arts SOLs

Elementary: 4.1 (a,b), 4.2 (b), 4.5 (a,b), 4.16 (b), 4.17, 5.1 (a,b), 5.2 (a,b), 5.5 (a,b,c), 5.16 (b), 5.17


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