Plants are great to grow with students. The problem is a classroom does not provide the right environment. Learn how to create a light hut. It will provide the light and heat needed for seeds to sprout and plants to grow. Simple to make and great results. Typically my seeds sprout out of the soil in 3-4 days. Use the 3 activities included to teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders about plant growth and the scientific method.
In activity 1 students demonstrate keeping things constant. They will grow 3 cups with seeds and observe their growth.
In activity 2 students follow the scientific method to answer the question:
Does the depth a seed is planted affect the number of leaves that will grow?
They will learn what the independent and dependent variables are. They will collect data, graph data, and write a summary.
In activity 3 students take the lead. They will use the 4 question strategy to come up with their own plant investigation. This can be done as a whole class, in groups, or individually. This is a great way to show how to complete a science fair project.
Students will enjoy growing plants and investigating. Teachers will love its’ ease of use, the success of the light hut, and watching students think scientifically. Each investigation builds upon the other. The light hut is great to integrate with current growing projects.
Included in the 39 page download:
*How to Make a Light Hut
*Activity 1: Learning about Constants When Growing Plants
*Activity 2: Exploring Seed Depth
*Activity 3: Create Your Own Plant Investigation
*Science Investigation Rubric
Copy paper box, aluminum foil, plastic lid, 13 watt CFL bulb, glue sticks, clear tape, extension cord, scissors, outlet-to-lamp holder adapter, plastic cups, potting soil, water, bean seeds, pea seeds. You may also need rocks, sand, different sized cups, and other items for the kids to create their investigation.
This is part of a series. It complements the Growing Plants in a Light Hut for K-2.
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by Kimberly Scott
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