Simple Lab to help you teach the scientific method and get your students enthusiastic about the scientific process, photosynthesis and plants. Use materials you have lying around your classroom to create an engaging, cross curricular lesson with graphing!
4 Levels of Differentiation, English and Spanish Versions included in this bundle.
Photosynthesis Planting Labs (3 different Labs with the same Supplies):
o Materials: Dirt, Sand, Bean Plants, Pea Plants, White Bean Plants (or some
other combination of seeds, I left the lab sheets non-descriptive so you could fill in with what works best for your area), small paper or plastic cups, permanent markers (or masking tape to label the cups).
o Procedure: The lab sheets indicate three different options of planting labs. I honestly do all three. We set them up on day one and then every three days, we measure how tall the plants grew. It’s a good measuring activity as well as highlighting photosynthesis questions, as well as allowing students the opportunity to practice the scientific process:
The Dark Side of Plants: Place one of the plants in a dark place like a drawer or a cabinet. Place another plant in open sunlight. Measure the growth.
The Plant Predicament: Place three different types of seeds (I recommend White Bean, Green Bean, and Pea) in soil. Measure their growth over time.
Dirt Lab: Have students plant the same type of seed (I recommend bean, they grow really well) in three different types of dirt. Measure their progress about every three days. (I actually find that sand MIXED with dirt actually makes the plants grow tallest in a classroom setting).
Clipart Purchased from:
Mollie Joe Fonts
The Painted Crow
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1 Classroom Use, Product of Meghan Benavides, Learning is Not Quiet
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