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Plants in the Midst: Observations

A few weeks ago, the children put a flower (with no roots) into some soil with a potted plant.  We have been monitoring the flower and today the children noticed that it has dried up but the plant is thriving. The children concluded that the even with water this flower could not survive without roots.
From this, we checked on the beans we have been germinating as well as the carrots and pumpkins. The carrots and pumpkins are not showing any visible signs of growth yet.  The beans, on  the other hand, have begun to display roots.  The children took the seed coats off the beans and were able to see where the roots and the plant itself are beginning to grow.  We will plant the rest of the beans and monitor the growth.

Our discussions over the past week have related to the life cycle of the plant. Today the children made a book depicting this cycle.


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