Seed Sprouting Experiment

Seeds offer an easy science experiment opportunity, where you can put seeds in different environments with different resources and in a week or two, you can easily compare how they have thrived.

1 and 2: For parents in my spring class: in your supply bag, you have a baggie with all the supplies for plant week. It includes a paper towel packet that’s taped closed and has pea seeds in it – you’ll use all three of these items (paper towel, tape, and pea seeds) plus the two small plastic bags that your bug container and magnifying glass came in a few weeks ago that I told you to save. If you don’t have any of these supplies, you can also, of course, substitute in other plastic baggies, tape, and paper towels… I was just trying to use as few resources as possible for this project. 🙂

3. Put two small pieces of paper towel in two small baggies

4. Add some staples across the center of the bag, through the paper towel. This creates sort of a “shelf” for the seeds so that when they sprout, the sprout can grow down toward the ground.

5. Add your seeeds.

6. Add enough water to wet the paper towel.

7. Tape one baggie up on a window with good sunlight.

8. Put the other baggie in a dark drawer.

9. After a week or so, compare your results. One of my window seeds has a really healthy sprout.

10. Three of my drawer seeds have small sprouts.

You can then, if you choose, transfer the sprouted seeds into soil and see if you can grow pea plants.

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