How Does Your Garden Grow? Planter

Lesson #9928

Create anything from planters to centerpieces with decorated Cubes.

Grade Level:

Conduct simple scientific investigations where students identify and explain the problem, "Can plants grow without soil?" Observe how air, water, nutrients, sunlight and space are basic needs in the plant life cycle. Consider growing plants with and without soil to compare growth. Challenge students to grow plants in different media for further study.

Create fun projects... from plants to centerpieces. Whether you are celebrating growing plants or growing children, this Cube is quite versatile!

Follow the scientific method to investigate results of growing plants in media other than soil.

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Supplies Used: Alfalfa Seed, Laminated Cardstock or Construction Paper, Cotton balls, Eye Dropper, Foam, Glue, Paper Towels, Ribbon, Scissors, Stickers, Double-Sided Tape, Toothpicks

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Laminate cardstock, construction or patterned paper and die-cut the Cube to create planters (Figure A).
  2. Fold Cube on all perforated lines and adhere with double-sided tape (Figure B).
  3. Die-cut Stars or Hearts from contrasting colors of laminated paper and adhere to front and sides of Cube with double-sided tape or other adhesive.
  4. Adhere ribbons or stickers as desired.
  5. Moisten 10-12 cotton balls and a paper towel with water and drop into Cube. Sprinkle alfalfa seeds on top of moistened cotton balls. Water daily with eye dropper. Watch your plants grow! (Figure C).
  6. To celebrate learning, mat fun photographs and attach to toothpick (Figure D).
  7. Insert decorated toothpick into planter (Figures E).

Note: The Cube can also be used to create centerpieces. Consider inserting foam and colorful, shredded paper. Add a decorated toothpick to celebrate any event (Figure F).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

  • Figure F

Science: Science as Inquiry

As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
  • understanding about scientific inquiry.

Science: Life Science

As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • characteristics of organisms.
  • life cycles of organisms.
  • organisms and environments.

Science: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of types of resources.

Source: National Science Education Standards

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