Adventist Adventurer Awards/Seeds

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Listen to the parable found in Matthew 13:3-9. Read two other verses about seeds[edit | edit source]

Matthew 13:3-9 (NIV)
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Mark 4:31 (NIV)
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.

Genesis 1:11 (NIV)
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”.

What does a seed need in order to grow?[edit | edit source]

Seeds need proper temperature, water and oxygen for them to germinate. A good soil location and proper light will also determine if a seed will germinate well or not. Oxygen and water are taken in through the seed causing the cells to enlarge.

Observe and discuss what happens when a seed sprouts.[edit | edit source]

During germination, water diffuses through the seed coats into the embryo, which has been almost completely dry during the period of dormancy, causing a swelling of the seed; the swelling is often so great that the seed coat is ruptured. With the absorption of oxygen by the seed, energy is made available for growth. The foodstuffs stored in the endosperm or in the cotyledons are broken down by enzymes into simpler substances that are transported through the embryo to the various centers of growth. The radicle is the first portion of the embryo to break through the seed coat. It develops root hairs that absorb water and attach the embryo to particles of soil. The hypocotyl then lengthens, bringing the plumule and often the cotyledon or cotyledons above the surface of the soil. If the cotyledons are brought into light, they develop chlorophyll and carry on photosynthesis until the true foliage leaves develop from the plumule. In many plants, especially members of the grass family, the cotyledons never appear above the surface of the soil, and photosynthesis does not occur until true leaves develop; the plant meanwhile subsists on food stores in the seed. From the time of germination until the plant is completely independent of food stored in the seed, the plant is known as a seedling.

Name some ways that seeds are naturally spread?[edit | edit source]

Coco de Mer

Seeds travel in many ways. Birds help spread seeds by their waste after eating the seeds. Some seeds travel by the wind, and others float in the water, and even by the fur on animals

Name the largest and smallest seeds you have ever seen?[edit | edit source]

  • Largest: The largest seed is the double coconut or coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica) from Seychelle Isands. It is a giant fan palm, the coconut can take up to 10 years to develop, weigh up to 50 lbs., and reach 12 inches in length and nearly three feet in circumference.
  • Smallest: The smallest seed is from an orchid, and is less than half the diameter of a grain of table salt.

Taste a variety of edible seeds. Have fun exploring new things![edit | edit source]

Collect and identify at least 2 different seeds of each category[edit | edit source]

A collection of various vegetable and herb seeds

_ Tree Seeds

_ Fruit Seeds

_ Vegetable Seeds

_Grain/Grass Seeds

_Nut Seeds

Make a seed collage or other seed craft.[edit | edit source]

Sing a song about seeds[edit | edit source]

Plant Your Seed

(sing to the tune "the wise man built his house upon the rock")

Plant your seed with water and sun

Plant your seed with water and sun

Plant your seed with water and sun

And your plant will grow up strong.

The root grows down and the stem grows up,

The root grows down and the stem grows up,

The root grows down and the stem grows up,

Because of God's great love.

Plant your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Plant your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Plant your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,

God will move mountains for you!