A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

by Jean Richards & Anca Hariton

We love A Fruit Is a Suitcase for SeedsIt's a kid-friendly introduction to the different types of seeds found in fruit. After a few introductory spreads about seeds in general, each double-page spread is devoted to a different type of seed, like the following types of fruits:

- pitted fruit (ie: peaches)
- fruits with seeds on the outside (ie: strawberries)
- fruits with clearly visible seeds inside (ie: apples)
- fruits with hard to see seeds (ie: kiwi)
- vegetables that are actually fruits! (ie: tomatoes)

The last two pages include kid-friendly questions, answers, and facts that should definitely share with your class. For example, did you know that  the largest type of seed in the world weighs as much as a 5 year old!  Wow!

Interest Level:    Preschool - Grade 2

Inside A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

Below are two spreads from inside this book. The first spread below talks about fruits that have one large seed and the second spread talks about fruits with small seeds inside. Subsequent spreads cover fruits with small seeds on the outside, etc... This book really is quite educational!

Teaching Extension:

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds is a natural way to launch into a hands-on explorations of seeds in plants.  It can be as simple as reading this book aloud, then cutting up some of the fruits right in front of the students, and letting them explore the pieces to see the seeds up close.  Even those children who have seen all of these fruits before will likely never have given much thought about the seeds in each fruit.  We do this with out students, and each year we love watching them as they look in amazement at these fruits that they've actually known about for years. :)

(Teaching can get expensive, so when we do this with our classes, we are not giving kids big samples of each fruit to taste. This isn't really a tasting activity -- it's about seeds after all.  We generally bring a few extra fruits and while the kids are exploring the pieces we've cut up in front of the kids, we cut up the extra fruits (3 or 4 types) into very small pieces so that they can have a little treat once the activity is done. In our opinion, it seems a little mean to put the fruit in front of them and not let them eat ANYTHING.  A few end-of-activity fruit pieces seem to solve this dilemma...without resorting to letting them eat the pieces they just all touched. :)

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