Welcome to the Wonder Woods
Well hello there, Camper! There’s plenty to examine and observe in this area of Camp! Ever WONDERed about the trees that tower over you or the flowers that bloom each spring? You’ve come to the right place!
Biology is the science of life and living organisms. A biologist might study the cells, tissues, and organs of organisms, or study groups of organisms and how they interact.
We’re going deep into the forest to Wonder about thinking plants, what happens in a cocoon, the life of tadpoles, and more! Got your bug spray handy? Let’s take a hike in the Wonder Woods!
Think all beans have to grow in a garden? Nope! Try this germination experiment and start growing a bean in a plastic bag! Reference for this activity can be found <a href="http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/institute/lesson-clearinghouse/294-How-to-Grow-Beans-in-a-Plastic-Bag" target="_blank">here</a>.
What you'll need
- Bean seeds
- Paper towels
- Plastic bags
- Observation sheet
Place a moist paper towel in a clear, clean plastic bag. Then place the bean seeds between the bag and the moist towel.
Place the plastic bag near a window. The bean seeds must receive sunlight for the germination process to occur. Observe germination over several days.
Create a chart with day, measurement, and obersvations on it. Record the changes you see each day.
Wonderuptions: What changes do you notice each day? Which appears first: the root or the shoot? What do you think would happen if you used different types of seeds (ex. Corn, sunflower seeds)?
Why does that happen?
Bean seeds in their dormant stage appear lifeless. They have three needs that must be met in order for the process to be successful: water, growing medium (soil, seed starter, cotton, paper towel), and warmth/light. These three conditions are all met in the plastic bag. It creates a type of mini-greenhouse--perfect for germinating seeds!