Parts of a Seed Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

What are the three main parts of a seed? In this lesson plan, students learn about the parts of a seed and complete an activity in which they get to eat certain seeds and vote on their favorite one.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify the three parts of a seed
  • Taste a variety of edible seeds
  • Create a graph highlighting the group's choice of favorite seeds


45-60 minutes (depending on number of students in the group)

Curriculum Standards

1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.


Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.


  • Access to the lesson video, Parts of a Seed: Lesson for Kids
  • Access to the quiz
  • Printed copies of the worksheet
  • Various samples of edible seeds (enough for each student to try each one). Samples might include (but are not limited to):
    • pumpkin seeds
    • sunflower seeds (shelled or still in the shell)
    • cooked or freeze-dried corn
    • cooked or freeze-dried peas
    • peanuts (shelled or still in the shell)
    • almonds
    • pistachios (shelled or still in the shell)
    • cooked white or long grain rice

Lesson Instructions

  • Begin by discussing seeds.
    • What is a seed?
    • What does a seed do?
    • What happens when we plant seeds?
    • Did you know that we can eat seeds?
    • What are some types of seeds that we eat?
  • Next, show the video for the lesson, Parts of a Seed: Lesson for Kids. Once finished, discuss:
    • Why are seeds so important?
    • What are the three main parts of a seed (seed coat, food storage, embryo)? What are their purposes?
    • What is germination?
    • Describe the elements a seed needs in order to grow.
    • What were some of the seeds named in the video that we often like to eat?
  • Check for understanding.
    • Complete the worksheet together as a class.
    • Administer the quiz.


To reinforce learning, use the following activity with the class.

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