Growing Plants in the Classroom
Growing plants in the classroom is a fun and hands-on way to teach students about the needs of plants and plant structures. To complete this experiment you will need plastic baggies, seeds, cotton balls, water, and tape.
First, you will need to put 3-5 damp cotton balls inside the plastic baggie. Next, place 3-5 seeds on top of the cotton balls. For this experiment you will want to use fast growing seeds such as bush beans. Then you will seal the plastic baggie and tape it to a window.
If students are learning about what plants need to survive you may want to test different variables. For example, place some of the baggies away from sunlight and place dry cotton balls in other baggies. Have students make predictions about whether or not these seeds will sprout without sunlight or water.
It should take approximately three weeks for all of the plant parts to be visible. Each week students should be recording their plant observations. The following picture is an example of a plant journal. This paper bag plant journal is a fun way for students to record their observations.
Each week as students are making their observations they should include a labeled picture of their plant. This helps reinforce the structures of a plant.
If you are interested in growing plants in your classroom you can find more detailed instructions including plant and seed diagrams, photographs, examples, and the paper bag book plant journal in our Growing a Plant STEM Activity Pack.
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