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Center for Ecoliteracy


3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts

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Global, North America, United States, USA - West, California



Designing Bean Seed Packets

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  • This hands-on (and delicious) lesson centers around California-grown beans and will teach students about where food comes from, how to save seeds, the history of bean cultivation, and nutritional benefits of beans. 
  • Students will make a seed saving packet using the included PDF diagram, perform a taste test of different bean varieties, and learn how to preserve and plant seeds. 
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson plan includes learning opportunities, vocabulary lists, reproducible worksheets, templates for bean seed packets, and step-by-step teacher directions. 
  • Students will enjoy the opportunities for creativity and the hands-on nature of the lesson. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This lesson plan requires quite a few materials to complete, including printed worksheets, dry beans, clear cups or containers, and potentially cooking materials for a bean taste test. 
  • You can substitute beans from your local area instead of California-grown beans.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes studying nutrition or social studies classes considering the types of produce grown in different locations. 
  • This lesson would work well in the spring when students can grow their beans in an outdoor garden, if available. 
  • As an extension, have students create seed packets for other types of produce that grows in their area.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an in-depth lesson on beans: their history, health benefits, and cultivation. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
      • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
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