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In this plant science activity, learners conduct four experiments to observe how plants respond to sunlight and gravity. Learners record their observations on a data table for five days to note changes in plant growth under different conditions. This activity can be used to introduce learners to seed germination and plants as well as the scientific process.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
4 to 24 hours

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Clear plastic cups
  • 1 package each of four different types of seeds (radish, lima beans, corn, pumpkin)
  • Water pitcher
  • Marker
  • Access to a water supply
  • Access to a sunny and a dark location to store the experiments for a week
  • From the Ground Up worksheets
  • Pencils
  • Paper towels


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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