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How to Grow Beans in a Plastic Bag

Lesson Description:

grow green beans Students will be able to…
  • identify and describe the germination process of a bean plant.
  • conduct a simple science experiment and observe and record the outcome.
  • identify the basic needs of bean seeds in order to germinate.
  • measure the growth of a bean plant using standard measurement.
  • recognize that tools (rulers,…) have specific functions (to assist in measuring, …) to makes tasks easier.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
30-40 minutes along with daily evaluation of bean seeds
Standards Addressed:
  • science standard 5: understand the structure and function of cells and organisms.
    • benchmark # 1: know the basic needs of plants and animals (e.g., air, water, nutrients, sunlight, food,shelter).
  • science standard 12: understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
    • benchmark # 1: know learning can come from careful observation and simple experiments.
    • benchmark # 2: know that tools (e.g., rulers) can be used to gather information and extend the senses.
  • mathematics standard 4: understand and apply the basic and advanced properties of the concepts of measurement.
    • benchmark # 1: understand the basic measure of length and height.
    • benchmark # 3: know the process for measuring length and height.
  • language arts standard 7: use reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational text.
    • benchmark # 1: use reading skills and strategies to understand informational books.
    • benchmark # 4: relate new information to prior knowledge and experience.

Materials Needed:
  • "one bean" by anne rockwell
  • bean seeds
  • paper towels
  • plastic bags (perhaps snack bags could be washed and recycled.)<br

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf HowtoGrowBeansWorksheet.pdf
Located in: Math

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