I first wrote about “Waldo” seedlings last summer. As I dig in the garden and plant new flowers this spring, I’m finding maple seedlings everywhere. I thought I’d re-introduce your children to the fun of finding seedlings in strange places. –Madon
We learn in Nancy Larson® Science 1 that seeds from broadleaf trees fall to the ground and begin to grow into seedlings. In our new Nancy Larson® Science 4 that will be available this fall, we learn more about seeds and their dispersal. Some seeds are in a heavy shell, such as acorns, and fall close to the parent tree. Acorns are often spread by animals, such as squirrels, that carry them to new locations. Other seeds, such as maples and elms, are carried by the wind and may land far from the parent tree.
It’s not too surprising that I found this little seedling growing among my flowers. Sometimes finding them is like searching in a picture from “Where’s Waldo?”
Wondering how far it traveled, I looked for the adult tree and found this maple tree about two hundred feet down the street. It’s the tree in front of the blue mini-van.
I compared the leaves to see if they were the same.
Then I wondered, “Where are other seedlings from this tree?”
Here’s one I found growing in the grass about twenty feet from the adult tree.
The photo below shows the seedling and the parent tree. Do you see the little seeding in the grass? It’s at the bottom of the photo.
Here’s another seedling.
Here’s the adult tree about thirty feet away from the seedling.
Where are tree seedlings in your yard? Finding them is like searching in a picture from “Where’s Waldo?”Sometimes you need to take extra time, get up close, and look carefully. Then you’ll find them.
How many seedlings can you find?
How far are they from the adult tree?
How do you know which adult tree is the parent?
Create a chart and a graph that show how many seedlings you find and how far the seedlings are from the adult tree.
Take photos to document your finds.
We’d love to see them and will share with others.
Enjoy finding “Waldo” seedlings!