Can your seeds grow here?

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Tested and Worked. However, these dishes will mold and should not be opened afterwards, (Safey Note).

Primary biological content area covered


Materials Required For Each Student Group: (Fig. 1)

Figure 1: These are the required materials, however, you may use other types of seeds

Materials That Each Individual Student Would Need:


Students will be given an individual tracking chart to document the progress of their groups seeds growth on a day to day basis. As the students observe the three different types of seeds growing in the petri dishes each day, they will be instructed to record their observations on their individual tracking chart. (Fig. 2)

Figure 2:Handout-Individual Tracking Chart

Description of activity

Using corn seeds, baby bop seeds, and radish seeds, students will conduct an experiment of how these seeds grow with different amounts of water.

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Connections to educational standards

  1. S1-2:34 Students demonstrate their understanding of Energy Flow in an Ecosystem by...
    1. Experimenting with plant growth under different conditions,including light and no light. (Addressing this standard, but with a different variable, amounts of water).
  2. S1-2:2 Students demonstrate their understanding of PREDICTING AND HYPOTHESIZING by...
    1. Predicting a logical outcome to a situation, using prior knowledge, experience and/or evidence. AND..explaining reasons for that prediction.
  3. S1-2:7 Students demonstrate their ability to EXPLAIN DATA by...
    1. Developing a reasonable explanation based upon observations (e.g. I found out...).
  4. Concept # 4- Life Science: "Understand how plants grow under different conditions," (Taken from Mater Christi School Standards for Science)

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This lesson may foster mold growth. Mold spores cause allergic reactions and so the container should remain sealed prior to disposal.
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