Activity

Root growth visualized

Summary
Plant in a clear container so that the root growth can be seen.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Life Cycles (2)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
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 taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching site
New York Botanical Garden