Garden Science Projects for Kids
So, the science teacher has assigned a garden related project for class.
Or, perhaps the student has selected a garden related project for a school
science fair, or a 4H project.. It's a great opportunity to learn about plants,
how they grow, and what affects their growth.
Teachers love to create a student lesson plan around the topic of gardening.
There are a few popular garden-related science projects for kids. By far,
the most popular project, is to actually grow a plant and watch it grow.
The assignment usually includes planting and measuring growth. The second
type of project studies what affects a plant's growth.
Let's explore the two most common projects...........
Growing plants from seed projects:
The teacher assigns a project to plant seeds, and to observe and study their
The important first step is to determine what you want to grow. It's best
to select a seed that sprouts quickly and grows fairly quick. Here are some
of the best candidates:
Flowers: Marigolds, Sunflowers, Zinnias
Vegetables: Beans, soybean, lettuce, radishes, swiss chard
Herbs: Chives, basil
Next, you need to find the seeds. Chances are your local stores do not carry
seeds in fall and winter months.
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You will also need a container and some soil. If the ground is frozen, you
find seed starting soil
A measuring stick and a digital camera to record growth, are often required.
Now that you have the materials you need, simply follow the instructions
in the lesson plan provided by the teacher and the student is well on the
way to an A-Plus.
Studying and Observing What Affects Plant Growth:
This can be a real learning experience. It is commonly used in in science
projects, science fairs, and 4H club projects.
There are four major factors affecting plant growth:
Soil Acidity - The student grows a certain plant in three
containers. One has acidic soil. A second container has an alkaline soil.
The third has a regular soil. Lemon juice can be used to create an acidic
soil. Fireplace ashes, can make a soil more alkaline. An
Soil Tester is useful for this project.
Type of soil - The student grows a certain plant in three containers.
One has clay soil, one has sandy soil. And, one has a rich, loam soil. Growth
is measured and compared.
Sunlight - Again, the student grows the same type of plant in three
separate containers. After they sprout, one is placed in full sunlight, one
is grown in a room with only indirect sunlight. The third is grown either
in the dark, or under a grow light. The plant's growth and appearance are
studied and recorded.
Temperature - One plant is grown in a warm location. One is grown
in a cold location, like an unheated enclosed porch. A third plant is grown
in a cool environment. One problem with this project, is that the three plants
should be given equal amounts of sunlight. This project, usually done in
mid-winter, is difficult to do in warmer areas of the country.