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Title of the Experience
Seed germination
Name of the teacher
Condrea Marieta
Country where it took place
School typology
High Secondary School
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Not all students will respond to lessons in the same way. For some, hands-on experiences may be the best. Others may love to read books quietly or to work in groups. In order to keep all students motivated, mix up your lessons so that students with different preferences will each get time focused on the things they like best. Doing so will help students stay engaged and pay attention.
Learn about seed germination with this fun science experiment for kids. Plant some seeds and follow the growth of the seedlings as they sprout from the soil while making sure to take proper care of them with just the right amount of light, heat and water. Have fun growing plants with this cool science project for children.
You need seeds (sunflower seeds), soil, a container to hold the soil and your seeds, water, light and heat. Ask students to fill the container with soil, plant the seeds inside the soil. Then place the container somewhere warm, sunlight is good but try to avoid too much direct sunlight, a window sill is a good spot. Ask them to water the soil every day. Also, ask them to observe what happens and record their observations as the seeds germinate and seedlings begin to sprout from the seeds. Hopefully after a week of looking after them, the seedlings will be on their way. Germination is the process of a plant emerging from a seed and beginning to grow. For seedlings to grow properly from a seed they need the right conditions. Water and oxygen are required for seeds to germinate. Many seeds germinate at a temperature just above normal room temperature but others respond better to warmer temperatures, cooler temperatures or even changes in temperature. While light can be an important trigger for germination. Some seeds actually need darkness to germinate. Students will be happy and willing to continue to look after the seedlings and monitor their growth.

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Date: 2014.10.30

Posted by Katarzyna (Poland)

My students have problems with mastering the methods of vegetative propagation of plants and the determination of the influence of abiotic factors on the growth and development of plants. I also use similar methods like you. My idea to a better understanding of these issues by the students is to organize practical classes where they plant potted plants. The students first become familiar with a variety of pot plants gathered in the school, they can also bring their own specimens, learn how their propagation, transplanting and maintenance principles of selected species. Students point out the factors that are necessary for the proper functioning of the plant, then carry out experiments that rely on checking the influence of light and water for their growth and development, after a few days make observations and draw the appropriate conclusions with teacher's help. Each participant of lessons plants houseplant and takes it home. I think this hands-on experience is a good way of encouraging them to learn. They are better motivated and engaged in activities.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.