In this lab, we will learn about the structure and function of plants, and how plants are useful in our everyday lives.
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- Plants have been on Earth for hundreds of millions of years!
- Most plants are made up of roots, stems, leaves, which are important for plant growth, and flowers and fruits, which are part of the plant reproductive system.
- We use plants in almost every aspect of our lives, including food, clothing, medicine, and more.
- Plants have different adaptations to help them to survive in different environments.
A computer with internet access
Flowers (at least 3 kinds)
Dried lima beans
Soaked lima beans (16-24 hours in water)
Hand lens / magnifying glass
Paper plates or paper towels (one per student)
Fruits / vegetables (artichoke, broccoli, etc – number / variety is flexible)
Plastic knives (one per student)
Optional: Venus flytrap, seed burrs, maple seed “helicopters” (see what you can find)