Growing Plants


Investigate the growth of three common garden plants: tomatoes, beans, and turnips. You can change the amount of light each plant gets, the amount of water added each day, and the type of soil the seed is planted in. Observe the effect of each variable on plant height, plant mass, leaf color and leaf size. Determine what conditions produce the tallest and healthiest plants. Height and mass data are displayed on tables and graphs.

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LESSON MATERIALS:

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Determine what a seed needs to grow into a healthy plant.
  • Explore the effects of light intensity, water levels, and soil additives on plant growth.
  • Design a controlled experiment to investigate a question.
  • Collect data from multiple trials.
  • Analyze data using tables and graphs.

VOCABULARY:

  • compost, fertilizer, mass, seed, soil, variable

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  • avatar
    i use this gizmo to teach inference and drawing conclusions. Students go from computer to computer analyzing each others' plants.

    Recommended For:  3rd Grade, 4th Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from Alabama

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    This is a GREAT Gizmo to help students learn about the Scientific method. Use the Word documents and edit to meet the needs for your class.

    Recommended For:  6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from Florida

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    Good Gizmo

    Recommended For:  6th Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from Virginia

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    Challenge: Can you grow a plant to exactly 20 cm? What conditions made it possible?

    Recommended For:  3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from Ontario

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    great alternative to classroom plants

    Recommended For:  3rd Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from Alabama

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