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How Plants Grow

In this biology activity (page 3 of the PDF), learners will explore how plants turn sunlight into food through a process called photosynthesis. Learners will experiment with different growing conditions and observe the effect on plants. Though this activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, it makes a great stand-alone activity as well!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

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

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • some household plants
  • book on plant care
  • plant fertilizer
  • paper
  • scissors
  • field notebooks


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Metabolism
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color

Informal Categories

  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • 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


Source Collection:

  • COSI on Wheels Teacher Packs


  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009


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