Explain to the students that they will learn today how seeds are carried by animals, and evaluate the importance of wildlife as contributors to ecological systems. This project is called Seed Need.
Explain to students how wildlife contributes to the diversity and balances of ecological systems in ways that are not always obvious. One of those processes being seed dispersal. In this activity, they will learn how wildlife contributes to ecological systems.
Ask each student to put a sock over one shoe, and go on a walk through the grassy area.
After walking through the area, ask students to take off their socks and examine them carefully. What has happened? Discuss what seeds and things are attached to the socks.
Discuss how different animals fur may be similar to their socks. Explain how seeds are carried by animals similar to the way the seeds were carried by their socks.
Evaluate the students knowledge by asking them to write a paragraph explaining how fur-bearing animals are important to the types of plants that produce these seeds.