Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4AM, Day 1) – Budding Botanist
We got off to a great start today for Budding Botanist! We went over rules and procedures, and then we explored what students knew about plants. For many, this is a completely new area of expertise, so they are excited about learning more! We started by designing our own plant. It is always fun to see what they envision a plant is, and they couldn’t believe that some people actually have jobs that allow them to create new types of plants! We then talked about seeds and the role of the seed for the plants. We watched a time lapse video that showed how seeds sprout and become adult plants (we watched beans and sunflowers). They were completely fascinated! We broke down the roles of the root, the root hairs, and the environment that the seed is planted in and its importance. We then dissected lima beans that had been soaking in water and compared them with beans that had not been soaked. We used our observation skills to describe what we saw, and then formed hypotheses about the parts of the bean and their roles. The students then used a chart to find the parts of the seed (with help). They were able to find the seed coat, the food source, the embryo, and the new leaf. They were so fascinated that a tiny little plant was already inside the beans! It was a great day!