The Life Cycle of a Plant
Third graders at Greendale Elementary “turned into scientists” as they learned about seeds, germination, the different parts of plants, and the needs for a seed to grow. Four seeds were observed under different conditions. One seed had no water, another had water and placed in the dark, one had water and randomly place in the room, and one seed had water and placed on the window. Over a period of a week students applied the scientific method to hypothesize, experiment, observe, and collect data. Students had lively daily discussions as they collected their data and encouraged the seeds to grow. The students took their knowledge of the life cycle of the plant and reflected on their initial hypothesis as they watched the plant cycle in action. Students also learned how beneficial plants are to the life cycle of all animals.