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Variables for Plant Needs
Determining Plant Needs, Experimenting for Different Variables, Making and Testing Predictions, Making and Recording Observations
2 to 5 minutes explanation; static demo
3 Containers planted with same plant 2 weeks ahead, grown with variable light, water, soil ammendments, etc. (labeled); Variable Lab Report Sheet
1. Think of a variable you want to test for. 2. Plant same plant in three containers, label each. 3. Record predictions on "Variable Lab Report" sheet. 4. After two weeks (or sooner, if some or all plants have sprouted), check to see how they've grown differently. 5. Complete "Variable Lab Report"
Can be tailored to suit any age group
Personal Experience and Junior Master Gardener Handbook (p. 9-10)
Negele, Julia
Plant Maze
Demonstrating the principle of Phototropism, Making and Testing Predictions, Making and Recording Observations
2 to 5 minutes explanation; static demo
Shoebox, Small vining plant that fits easily in the box (bean plant, ivy), Two cardboard pieces the width and height of the boxes, Scissors, Recording Sheet for Before/After Drawings, Predictions, and Observations
1. Cut a square in each piece of cardboard, and in one end of shoebox, at a different place in each piece. 2. Plant your plant in one end of the box, and space the cardboard pieces in the box. Put the lid on the box. 3. Draw plant maze set-up and record predictions about plant's growth. 4. When plant has grown through the maze to the hole at the other end, draw a picture of what your plant maze looks like, and compare your observations to your predictions.
Can be tailored to suit any age group
Junior Master Gardener Handbook (p. 16)
Negele, Julia
Upside Down Seed
Demonstrating the Direction a Seed Grows; Making and Testing Predictions, Making and Recording Observations
2 to 5 minutes explanation; static demo
Six containers, Six seeds (bean, sunflower), Waterproof markers for labeling cups, Recording Sheet for Predictions and Observations
1. Plant a seed (bean, sunflower) in each of six cups, each seed pointing in a different direction. 2. On the outside of the cup, draw the direction the seed is pointing. 3. Keep the soil moist until the plants sprout. 4. Predict what you think might happen, and record on lab sheet. 5. Observe and record results after 2 weeks.
Can be tailored to suit any age group
Junior Master Gardener Handbook (p. 17)
Negele, Julia
Seed Sponges
Determining Plant Needs for Germination, Making and Testing Predictions, Making and Recording Observations
2 to 5 minutes explanation; static demo
Three jars filled halfway with bean seeds, Water, One lid, Recording Sheet for Predictions, Observations, and Explanations
1. Fill three jars halfway with bean seeds. 2. Fill two of the jars with water to the level of the beans. 3. Put a lid on one of the jars with water. 4. Make and record predictions about what will happen in each jar over 1 week. 5. Observe each jar after 1 week, and record what happened differently in each jar, number of seeds sprouted, possible explanations.
Can be tailored to suit any age group
Junior Master Gardener Handbook (p. 23)
Negele, Julia