5th Grade Plant Unit

The fifth grade is currently working on the Plant Unit.  The fifth grade teachers began the unit by teaching the concept of “germination.”  Germination is the process by which a seed absorbs water, swells and breaks open allowing a tiny plant embryo inside to start growing.  However, this process happens in soil and is not visible.  To spark curiousity, the fifth grade teachers did an activity whereby the girls took a lima bean seed, wrapped it in a wet paper towel, placed it in a clear plastic sandwich bag and then taped the bag to the classroom window.  This activity sparked the girls curiosity about plant growth and development.  Each day the girls came to class, they observed the process of germination as described above. This simple activity got the students excited about the next activity which was to start growing produce in the classroom.  Eventually the produce will be transferred to our school garden.


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