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Activity

Root growth visualized

Summary: 
Plant in a clear container so that the root growth can be seen.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Life Cycles (2)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Characteristics of Living Things (grade K)
Life Science: Needs of Living Things (grade 1)
Life Science: Plant Growth and Changes (grade 3)
Materials: 
  • Clear container e.g. plastic cup
  • Bean or pea seed
  • Sunny window to grow in
Procedure: 

Plant pea/bean seeds in a clear container. Water and keep on the window sill. As the plant grows, the white roots will be visible through the clear container.
The roots are reaching for water and nutrients, which will travel up the xylem vessels to the rest of the plant.
Optional: add a worm to the soil to see it burrowing

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Teaching site: 
New York Botanical Garden