Watch seeds travel
Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker, a plant hitchhiker that is? Try this: Put on a pair of white socks—and a pair of shoes, of course. Go outside and find a roadside ditch or empty field. Walk through it. Then check your socks. You’ll probably find lots of plant “junk” stuck to your socks. Pick these little stickers off and take a careful look. You should find several seeds hitching a ride.
Hitching a ride on a person or an animal is jut one-way seeds travel away from their parent plant. Some seeds float through the air held up by cottony parachutes, others fall and roll away, some get eaten, some get hidden and some explode out of their seed pods. Take a walk and look closely at the plants along the way to see if you can work out how their seeds travel.
Internet links to help you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY4JFOSuqvY Seed dispersal – the great escape.
http://www.kidsdiscover.com/parentresources/seed-dispersal/ Seed dispersal for kids
http://www.mbgnet.net/bioplants/seed.html another seed dispersal information site with videos.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gone-with-the-wind-plant-seed-dispersal/ ideas for seed dispersal investigations / activities
http://aroundthebendohio.blogspot.com/2012/11/botanical-hitchhikers.html great photos of hitchhiker seeds
Next Time You See a Maple Seed by Emily Morgan
How Seeds Travel by Cynthia Overbeck (1982)
Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Seeds Travel by Elaine Pascoe
Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch