Note:This experiment will allow students to
understand that water and nutrients are essential for healthy growth and
development.This lesson will take at
least two weeks to complete, therefore, please plan accordingly so that
students have time each day to collect data for a 3-week period.
At each work station, lay the materials out for each student
group.You may want to soak beans
overnight for 24 hours to speed up the growing process.Make eleven copies of the data portion of the
Group Worksheet for each group to record data.Make a copy of the Final Report section for every student to complete.
Day 1: Set-up
students into groups. Before starting the experiment, have students conduct an
inventory of the materials. Using the marker, a student should label the cups;
Cup 1: Water,Cup 2: Nutrients, and Cup 3: Water and Nutrients.
Also, have the groups label the
cups with their group name
students fill their cups with soil and plant one bean seed in each cup.
students add water only to the cup labeled water, plant food or fertilizer only
to the cup labeled nutrients, and water and plant food to the cup labeled water
and nutrients.Please read the
instructions for the purchased plant food and have students add the plant food
students place plants near a window or area that will get adequate sunlight. If
preferred, growth lamps can be used.
students complete the experiment and fill in the Group Worksheet.Each student is responsible for the Final
Steps for Maintenance and Recording Data
students water plants every third day and add plant food to plants as
specified on the directions.Miracle Grow instructs individuals to add plant food every 7 to 14
groups record any observations concerning growth, appearance, texture and
seedling production.Measure any
sprouts and record measurements on the worksheet.Have each group fill in the chart each
day with the measurements.