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Seed germination activities are a long-time favorite of educators. One of the classic seed experiments uses a resealable plastic bag, a paper towel or napkin, seeds and water. This is a low-cost, effective tool for teaching about seeds, germination, gravitropism and energy. It also provides a perfect environment for introducing the fundamentals of the scientific method.
Dr. Biology’s Virtual Pocket Seed Experiment adds a twist to this classic experiment that fits into today's technology. It allows educators to introduce students to all the concepts of the original with some added features and benefits.
The best part of the Virtual Pocket Seed Experiment is it is flexible. It allows teachers to introduce as much of the virtual data as desired.
In some cases it can serve as a backup for the real-world experiment. It can be used in its fully virtual form to compress the time it takes to run the hands-on version.
The animations and companion story also serve as introductory materials to capture student imagination and interest. The virtual version is based on a real world experiment adding to its authenticity. Students can then run their own experiments and compare their results to the virtual version.
The Experiment Packet PDF contains all the educator needs for either the hands-on or virtual experiment. It also provides detailed instructions including illustrations, a sample lesson plan, handouts and materials for students to use for either experiment. It is worth downloading the reviewing the packet. There are several ways to introduce the experiment to students depending on the needs of the educator. Below are some suggestions based on instructor feedback.
Strand One: Inquiry process
Concept 1: Observations, Questions, and Hypotheses
Concept 2: Scientific Testing (Investigating and Modeling)
Concept 3: Analysis and Conclusions
Strand 4: Life Science
Concept 1: Structure and Function in Living Systems
Concept 2: Life Cycles
Concept 3: Organisms and Environments
Dr. Biology. (2016, December 29). For Teachers. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved April 23, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/vpocketseeds_teachers
Dr. Biology. "For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 29 December, 2016. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/vpocketseeds_teachers
Dr. Biology. "For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 29 Dec 2016. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 23 Apr 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/vpocketseeds_teachers
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