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Plants For Kids


found in: preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; science

Plants For Kids provides K-12 science experiments and lessons about plants and their physiology that are aligned with Delaware state science standards. Resources are grouped under nine headings. Links to other plant and gardening for children websites are included.

Germination  has an illustrated lesson identifying parts of a seed and sprout and five activities. One activity, Hairy Caterpillar,  demonstrates the effects of germination and growth of grass. Elementary students use a stocking, potting soil, and grass seed to make a caterpillar that will sprout within a week. Another uses lentils to create a Lentil Forest.

Phototropism  features a Shoe-box Maze  activity in which students build a maze to observe a seedling’s growth toward sunlight.

A brief description of Osmosis in Plants  is followed by Osmosis in Potatoes.  Students compare two potato halves placed in fresh and salt water.

The description of the chemistry of Photosynthesis in Plants  is followed by two activities. One demonstrates the importance of sunlight to leaves by wrapping one leaf in construction paper. The other requires adult help or older students. Acetone or finger nail polish is used to reveal the colors in green leaves.

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