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Kindergarten - Grade 3 Resources

  • Use Tomatosphere™ to develop key cross-curricular concepts and skills of inquiry
  • Extend student learning beyond the Seed Investigation

Conducting the Seed Investigation

Seed Investigation - Step-by-step Guide

Example Scenario

One way to kick off the Tomatosphere™ Seed Investigation is by presenting students with a fictional scenario that provides an explanation as to why some tomato seeds might have been exposed to space or space-like conditions.

Use this ready-made Scenario Storyboard and have students create illustrations to accompany the storyboard text.

Tomato Trouble

Flesch-Kincaid reading ease score = 89.7 reading level = grade 4.6

A spaceship is going to Mars.
Inside the spaceship are astronauts.
The spaceship carries important supplies in bins.
The bins are on the outside of the spaceship.
Suddenly an alarm rings!

Full Scenario:

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Students sorting tomatoes by colour


The Tomatosphere™ Seed Investigation provides many opportunities for students to develop inquiry skills. Below are some quick links to ready-to-use templates that students can use when they participate in the Seed Investigation. More templates, as well as Learning Strategies and Skill Look-Fors can be found in the Inquiry Section.

Skill: Planning

Skill: Predicting

Skill: Observing

Skill: Displaying Data

Skill: Recording

Skill: Using Appropriate Vocabulary

Students with seedlings

Extending the Seed Investigation

Inquiry Guide

Suggested Questions for Investigation with Tomatosphere™ Plants

    • Are there any differences in growth (height, number of leaves) between the plants from the two seed treatments?
    • How does the amount of water affect plant growth?
    • How does the amount (duration) of light affect plant growth?
    • How does the watering schedule affect plant growth?
    • How does the type of soil affect plant growth?

Reinforcing Key Concepts



Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Daily and Seasonal Changes and the Effects on Plants

  Grade 1   Grade 3

Characteristics of Living Things

Kindergarten Grade 1

Needs of Living Things

  Grade 1   Grade 3

Characteristics of Plants

Kindergarten Grade 1   Grade 3

Life Cycle of Plants

Kindergarten Grade 1   Grade 3

Interactions between Living Things and Plants in Their Environment

  Grade 1   Grade 3

Careers in Plant Science

Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3

Earth and Space - Solar System

      Grade 3

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