- Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt
- colored construction paper
- writing pencils
- Sharpie markers, fine tip
- garden twine or ribbon
Set Up and PrepareCreating the illustrations for the seed packets takes approximately 40 minutes, copying, cutting, and gluing the labels takes approximately 60 minutes, and counting and packaging the seeds takes approximately 60 minutes.
Order seeds in bulk, as well as envelopes. (www.fedcoseeds.com) I like to choose about six different kinds of seeds and 600 envelopes for packaging.
Ask an older grade to help your students with the seed counting.
After reading the book, explain that students will be selling seeds to raise money for a charitable organization. Show them the seeds that they will be working with, and read them the descriptions.
Divide students into groups to work on seed package designs. (I tend to pair students to work on the envelopes. If I have six students working with the same kind of seed, I use the Xerox machine to incorporate different features from the different designs.) Students can use the pencils and paper to create their designs. Encourage them to take turns adding different features to their drawings. When they are done, they will need to trace over their design with the Sharpie marker. Once the illustration is finished, be certain to have students label it with the name of the plant. Reduce the illustrations and copy them onto colored construction paper. Cut out the labels and have students glue them to the envelopes.
Divide students into teams to count out and package seeds. Parent helpers or students from an older grade can be helpful for this part of the project. They can help with the counting and make sure that the envelopes are sealed. When all of the envelopes are filled and sealed, take one of each variety and use the twine to tie around them to create a set. (I usually price a set at $5. You'll have to do your own math, but that usually covers the cost of the seeds and sees a profit. By selling sets of seeds you don't need to worry about tracking all the different seed varieties.)
Send home a notice detailing your seed sale project so that parents can order seeds. Fill the orders, collect the money, and invite your charitable organization to come and receive it.
Use some of the seeds to plant a class or school garden. Some popular theme gardens include pizza gardens, butterfly gardens, bat gardens, and fairy tale gardens.