California Agriculture in the Classroom

A Seedy Fruit Challenge

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A Seedy Fruit Challenge A Seedy Fruit Challenge

This activity teaches students to identify different types of fruits and categorize them into two main groups based on whether they are dry or fleshy. Students will follow a worksheet and complete a lab assignment where they dissect various fruits. 

Materials

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(Three of each or adjust to what is available)

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Procedures

  1. Facilitate a discussion with students about different fresh foods they eat that have seeds. Make a list of these foods on the board. Ask them if the foods are fruits or vegetables (botanically, fruits have seeds; vegetables come from another part of the plant and don’t contain seeds).
  2. Tell students that they will dissect fruits to observe and record where the seeds are located, how many seeds they have, and the size, color, texture, and shape of the seeds in each fruit.
  3. Distribute student lab, A Seedy Fruit Challenge to each student. Explain what is expected of the students with the lab worksheet. Demonstrate how to make a bar graph.
  4. Divide students into groups of three or four. Distribute newspaper, paper plates, plastic knife, paper towels, and three to five pieces of fruit to each group.
  5. Instruct students to weigh each piece of fruit before cutting into it.
  6. Instruct students to place each piece of fruit on a paper plate and carefully dissect it with a plastic knife being careful to keep the fruit’s juices on the plate.
  7. Upon completion, discuss the results as a class.

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Sources/Credit

This lesson was originally developed in 1993 through a partnership between the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Farm Bureau Federation, Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board, Fertilizer Research and Education Program and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. It was updated in 2013 with funding from the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program.

Original Author: Pamela Emery
Executive Director: Judy Culbertson
Illustrator: Erik Davison
Layout and Design: Nina Danner

Author(s)

Mandi Bottoms, Shaney Emerson, and Robin Satnick

Organization Affiliation

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

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