Sun or Water? or Both?

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Over the course of 10 days, young scientists observe their cups of seed and soil—one that gets sun and water and one that gets no sun and only water. Then they reflect on the results of the experiment to determine if their hypothesis was correct.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Set out lab materials ahead of time, but allow class members to fill their cups up individually or together as a class
  • Before beginning, have pupils observe the soil with a magnifying glass and record how the soil looks and feels
  • Use the review sheet before allowing participants to set up the experiment in order to refresh the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires various materials such as soil, flower seeds, labels, and plastic cups
  • Assumes learners understand the basic necessities that plants need to survive
  • Hands-on activity and length of observations keeps learners interested for a longer period of time
  • Materials are inexpensive and easy to obtain
  • Comes with teacher notes and an answer key
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