All about tomatoes
Third grade students have been busy tasting, squishing, and saving the seeds of heirloom tomatoes while participating in the Life Cycle of a Tomato lesson. Living Classroom put this lesson into "hibernation" as we moved it from second grade, and adjusted it to fit the third grade NGSS standards. Students who participated in part two of the lesson this week enjoyed rinsing their seeds, and observing the impact of the yeast that had removed the gelatinous seed coats from the tomato seeds. Now the seeds must rest in a cool, dry place over the winter, so that they can be planted in spring, when the earth warms up. Such a wonderful process for the students to participate in firsthand!
Living Classroom has wonderful Fall-themed lessons, such as Three Sisters Harvest, for third graders, which highlights the importance of the harvest season, and From Seed to Pretzel #1, a second grade lesson that shares the importance of sowing winter wheat in the Fall, to grow all year long.