Seed Dispersal Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about seed dispersal with this helpful lesson plan. They will watch a video lesson on the subject, take a related quiz to test their grasp of the new material, and finally, take part in a fun hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on seed dispersal your students will be able to:

  • Define seed dispersal and describe what it entails
  • Differentiate between the five main types of seed dispersal
  • Explain the concept of abcission and its major importance in nature


1 - 1.5 Hours


Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


  • Inform your students they will be studying the interesting concept of seed dispersal.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with the topic, or has studied seed dispersal in the past.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Seed Dispersal: Methods, Benefits & Examples.
  • Read the introduction and the first two sections titled 'What is Seed Dispersal?' and 'Types of Seed Dispersal.'
    • How do plants reproduce?
    • How does pollen fertilize an ovary?
    • How are ovaries, seeds, and fruits related?
    • What is the ultimate true reason plants fertilize their ovaries?
    • How would you define seed dispersal, and what are the five main types?
  • Next read the section 'Gravity and Force.'
    • What is abscission, and how does gravity play a role in this process?
    • Instead of through gravity, what is the process by which some plants actually utilize force to literally eject their seeds upon the ground?
    • What is a common plant that uses this method?
  • Now read the section 'Wind and Water.'
    • How does the lawn dandelion spread its seeds? How far can they travel?
    • Why do dandelions produce such a large amount of seeds?
    • How do some plants utilize waterways to spread seeds? What common plant uses this method?
  • Next read the section titled 'Animals and Humans.'
    • How does the Virginia stickseed and other plants spread their seeds?
    • How do animals such as black bears eat food and then spread their seeds? (expect a lot of chuckles and 'yuck' comments from this one.)
  • Lastly, read the 'Lesson Summary' section.
  • Review the text lesson in its entirety, and ask your students if they have any final questions or comments relating to seed dispersal.
  • Have your students take the lesson quiz to see if they have fully grasped the newly learned material.

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