2-GA-LS-1.a.b.c.d Life Cycles of the Rich and Famous
Students will investigate the life cycle of a plant by germinating a seed and wearing it as a living necklace to monitor its growth. After leaves and roots appear, the seedling will be planted in the garden and its growth measured regularly. Students will design experiments to answer their questions about how plants grow. As an extension, students may create mini-greenhouses to grow plants outside during early spring (or late fall).
Students will investigate which plant parts get stuck to animals and given a ride to faraway places.
Planting milkweed in fall or early spring could attract monarch butterflies who may lay their eggs on the plants. Emerging caterpillars eat the milkweed plants, form their chrysalides, and develop into butterflies before students’ eyes.
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