Germination Station

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In this botany activity, learners will create an experiment about seed germination. This activity gives students an opportunity to explore how seeds germinate and react to surrounding conditions. Learners will participate in the process of scientific inquiry by formulating questions and designing and completing an experiment to answer these questions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • Square plastic jar
  • Paper towels
  • Construction paper
  • Seeds of various kinds, both dicots and monocots including radish, bean (both dry and pre-soaked), sunflower, corn, grass, etc.
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber bands
  • Sharpie markers
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Gardening


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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