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Lesson Overview
  • 30 Minutes
  • 1, 4
  • K - 5th Grade
  • State Standards:
    NGSS: 1-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1, Extension Activities: 2-LS2-1, 1-ESS1-2, CCSS: RI.1, W.2.7

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Materials List
  • Jewelry bags
  • Yarn – 30” length per child
  • Cotton balls
  • Kidney/black beans
  • Water

Living Necklace

Categories:  Literacy Projects ,  Plants

Here is a new twist on planting seeds. Students make a “living necklace” they can wear home or display in various places around the classroom. It is ideal for kicking off a plant unit or introducing the stages of plant growth and development.


  • Dip cotton ball in water and gently squeeze out the excess moisture so it is not dripping. Flatten it like a pancake or tortilla.
  • Place the bean seed in the middle of the damp cotton ball and wrap the cotton around the bean seed.
  • Place the seed and cotton ball in the jewelry bag and seal tight.
  • Thread a piece of yarn through the hole at the top of the bag, and tie the ends to make the necklace.
  • Each student may wear their “living necklace” home or keep them in their classroom for observation.
  • The seed will sprout in three to five days.

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