The growing season is fully upon us. Providing an ideal opportunity to get your students to experience the wonders of nature by growing their own wheat plants.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a bag of wheat seeds.
There are two ways in which you can grow the seeds. You can either sprout them on tissue paper; or grow them directly in the soil. Sprouting has the advantage of being much quicker and you'll see results almost immediately, though it does require more attention as it can easily dry out (you may wish to take them home over the weekend for example. Also the wheat won't grow to it's full potential as there's not enough nutrients in water to keep it alive - so you'll have to transfer the seedlings into soil if you want to see large plants.
Alternatively you can plant the seeds straight into a paper cup. But it could take a week or more to see any results.
Our recommendation would be to sprout the seeds and once they are 5cm or so, transfer them to soil. This way you get the best of both worlds - instant results and a full grown plant.
But either way your pupils will get the chance to see the beginnings of a loaf of bread.
A full lesson plan is available here.
We'd be fascinated to hear how you get along, so please do send us any photos or drawings from the lesson.