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Summer SAVY 2015 (Session 4, Day 9) – Budding Botanist (Rising 1st)

Posted by on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in SAVY blog.

Dear Parents,

Today was a very fascinating day!  We have now officially learned all of the parts of the plant, and have discovered that they work together as a system in order for the plant to survive.  We studied photosynthesis, which is how plants create glucose by converting sunlight, and talked about the mutual benefits of having Oxygen producing plants and Carbon-Dioxide producing humans!  After learning about this we broke into small groups, and students looked at tree stem cells, spores, and an ivy leaf under the microscopes.  Thinking like scientists, they made astute observations and drew detailed pictures of what they saw.  While they did that, the rest of the children designed their own plant!  They created everything from snowflake plants to crazy carnivorous plants!  They loved getting to use their imaginations, and many created entire back stories about their plants!

Our experiments are going very well.  Several scientists came in to find that they no longer had just beans, but instead had bean plants complete with stems and flowers!  They were very excited about that!  The beans that are in the bag are also doing nicely!  We also observed that our terrariums are doing quite nicely in the windowsill, but the plants in the faculty restroom (where there is NO sunlight at all) and in the back part where there is no light are not doing as well.  They are starting to lighten and the leaves feel very soft.  They made the connection to sunlight and photosynthesis and are now hypothesizing that their plants may die without sunlight!

So, as you can see, it was a very productive day!  Tomorrow is our open house, and we look forward to welcoming you to our lab so that you can see our experiments and plants!  They will also be able to take home their plants tomorrow.  I will include directions on how to create a greenhouse in a bag in their science folders that they will take home so that you can reproduce that experiment at your leisure.  You can use any type of bean to create the experiment.  We used pinto beans for ours.

Have a great day!
Dr. Mall