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Background For Teachers:
Sprout houses do not provide everything a plant needs to survive or thrive. They do, however, give us the opportunity to observe what usually takes place underground. We can observe and describe the sprout, the roots, and stem growth.
(Activity Time: 1 hour first lesson, 10 minute checks over several weeks)
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Explain that you will be growing seeds and charting their growth. You will make a sprout house in a tall, clear glass so that you can see the whole plant grow. You will chart and graph the data/information you collect about the growth of the plant(s).
You may choose to have each student make a sprout house, or make a few for the class to study together.
Plant several of the same seeds for the class to experiment with. Try variations such as; too much water, not enough water, using sprite, low light, or no light.
Plant some seeds in sprout houses and some in soil. Compare the two plants as they grow.
Students can ask for a small part of the family garden to grow some items of
their choice. They can try to grow some items in a sprout house that have roots
as the main part of the plant (potatoes, carrots, etc.).
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