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Activity: Growing Lima Beans

Monday, February 23, 2015

Plants - #5: Growing Lima Beans
Time: One Class Period
  • Lima Beans;
  • Container;
  • Water;
  • Three Small Mason Jars;
  • Medicine Cup or Milk Jug Lids;
  • 2 Liter Pop Bottle Cap; and
  • Paper Towels.
Guiding Questions

What happens to Lima Beans when they are soaked in water overnight?


Class Activity – Large Group

  • Soak Lima Beans for one to two hours before class starts.
  • Rinse out jars.
  • Empty jars but do not dry the jars.
  • Put a napkin in the jars.
  • Place one soaked bean between the side of the jar and the napkin.
  • Place one jar in the classroom window.
  • Place one jar somewhere in the classroom, but away from the window.
  • Place one jar inside a cardboard box.
  • Put one pop bottle cap of water in the three jars every day.
  • Measure the plants every three days and record the data in Science Journals

Student Activity – Small Groups

  • Give each student two Ziploc bags.
  • Have them write their name on their bags with permanent marker.
  • Fold a paper towel small enough it will fit in a sandwich sized Ziploc bag.
  • Put two teaspoons of water (can use medicine cup or fill a milk jug lid with water) on the paper towel.
  • Place the paper towel in the Ziploc bag.
  • Put two soaked Lima Bean between the paper towel and the side of the Ziploc bag. Try to put the two beans some distance a part.
  • Seal the bag tightly.
  • Hang the bags in a window with the bean side facing to the outside (toward the sun.)
  • Observe and record data every three days.
  • Once the seeds germinate, have each student plant their beans in soil and individual pots. Then put the potted plants under a grow light.
  • Observe and record data every three days.
  • When the plants have grown a significant amount, send plants home for the kids to plant.
Differentiation: Tactile Learning, Discourse Discussion, and Observations
ELL Modification: Tactile Learning, Discourse Discussion, and Observations
Check for Understanding:

Discussions and Science Journals

download.jpgImpact of Invasive Species on Virginia Ecosystems Growing Lima Beans.pdf

Use with the Impact of Invasive Species on Virginia Ecosystems Lesson Plan

Created by St. Paul School, Carroll County

by Science Generalist at 3:34 PM in Activity, Elementary, Life Science
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