Sprouting Seed Science Projects

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What is in a seed? Can plants grow without seeds? Easy-to-do science experiments paired with scientific explanations make this book a perfect resource for budding scientists. Ideas for further exploration and science fair projects follow every experiment.

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What is in a seed? Can plants grow without seeds? Easy-to-do science experiments paired with scientific explanations make this book a perfect resource for budding scientists. Ideas for further exploration and science fair projects follow every experiment.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Real Life Experiments" series, Benbow and Mably ask what happens if you get a seed ready to sprout and then you stick the whole experiment in the freezer. Or how can you study the way seeds disperse? And how do you learn which seeds have oil in them? Early elementary school readers can conduct all of the investigations successfully. While the questions do not have the energy of animal investigations, they will appeal to the independent reader who wants to do successful work without a lot of setup. Explanations are provided on the pages after the experiment, followed by "Ideas for Science fairs," which entails a list of questions. These questions offer solid leads for students needing to work on their project. However, since these are questions about seeds, most of them cannot be answered with a last-minute experiment. Illustrations are engaging drawings of seeds, plants and young readers. Backmatter includes glossary, list of websites, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Each of the 10 standard-fare experiments in these books begins with a question such as "Do Plants Move Toward Light?" or "What Is in a Seed?" Readers are asked to formulate a hypothesis before beginning. Supplies are listed and step-by-step directions are given but not illustrated. The directions are mostly clear, but occasionally students may lack the vocabulary or background knowledge to answer the questions posed. Answers and additional information appear in an explanation section that follows each activity. A list of two or three science-fair ideas concludes each one. For the most part, these suggestions follow logically from the experiment but some will require extra effort. Fact boxes and small color photos and watercolor illustrations accompany the texts. The paintings are more decorative than informative and lack detail (stomata are not shown in a labeled painting of a leaf in Plant) and one in Seed has an error (cotyledons are mislabeled in an illustration of a corn seed). An introductory list of safety rules is included. For a slightly more advanced and enticing set of experiments, try Janice VanCleave's Plants: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects (Wiley, 1996).—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031470
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Real Life Science Experiments Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

1 What Is in a Seed? 6

What Is in a Seed? An Explanation 8

2 How Are Seeds the Same and Different? 10

How Are Seeds the Same and Different? An Explanation 12

3 How Do Seeds Get Around? 14

How Do Seeds Get Around? An Explanation 16

4 How Long Do Different Seeds Take to Sprout? 18

How Long Do Different Seeds Take to Sprout? An Explanation 20

5 In Which Direction Do Roots and Shoots Grow? 22

In Which Direction Do Roots and Shoots Grow? An Explanation 24

6 Which Seeds Have Oil in Them? 26

Which Seeds Have Oil in Them? An Explanation 28

7 How Well Do Seeds Grow in Different Soils? 30

How Well Do Seeds Grow in Different Soils? An Explanation 32

8 Can Seeds Sprout in Cold Conditions? 34

Can Seeds Sprout in Cold Conditions? An Explanation 36

9 Can Some Plants Grow Without Seeds? 38

Can Some Plants Grow Without Seeds? An Explanation 40

10 Where Can You Find Seeds in Fruits? 42

Where Can You Find Seeds in Fruits? An Explanation 44

Words to Know 46

Learn More: Books and Internet Addresses 47

Index 48

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