Budding botanist: seeds and soil
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Get your hands dirty and find out what plants need to grow and live.
This program lets children investigate the different parts of a plant (such as seeds, leaves, roots and flowers) and discover the lifecycle of an Australian flowering plant.
Students will also plant a native Australian seed to grow as a take-home experiment and answer the questions:
- What conditions do these seeds need to grow?
- How long did it take to germinate?
- Did all the seeds grow at once or were some slower?
- How many of the seeds that I planted actually grew?
- Do the first leaves of the germinating plant look the same or different to the adult plant I saw in the Gardens?
The seeds that students plant are suitable for the Canberra climate and will be small-to-medium plants when fully grown.
- ACSSU002: Living things have basic needs, including food and water
- ACSHE013: Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses
- ACSIS012: Share observations and ideas.
- ACSSU017: Living things have a variety of external features
- ACSIS024: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events
- ACSIS213: Compare observations with those of others.
- ACSSU030: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
- ACSIS037: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events.