Year 5 students at my school are inquiring into how the growth and survival of plants are affected by environmental conditions. The world is helping them out!
Some of the students’ thinking, based on what they have observed so far:
- We noticed that so many plants look similar but they are all unique in their own way (Nadz and Steph)
- We notice that three of these plants were from the exact same place yet looked different in every way. (Gidon and Brad)
- I wonder how the leaves would change if they were put in an environment that they were not used to.
- I wonder why the plants in california change colour every season and the ones in Canada don’t. (Jack)
- We think it’s because California changes weather conditions … In canada it is always cold and the weather doesn’t change so the leaves don’t either. (Nicky and Gabi)
- I found out that a plant can grow in the snow and the funny thing is that the plant is a cactus and the cactus is usually grown in the desert. How does a plant survive in the snow? (Ryley)
- We noticed that all the leaves are different shapes and sizes. All the leaves were made to help the plant survive in the weather which it lives in whether its hot weather, cold weather, hot and dry weather or cold and moist weather. We wonder how plants adapt to the environment. We wonder if plants can actually see the world around them. (Bunny and Dana)
- We saw that plants in the dry areas look like they are dying but they are still alive. So, how do plants survive without water or how to plants survive with only little water? (Ellie and Rikki)
- What if everyone following the blog planted the same thing at the same time, and then kept checking on the progress of how it was going to see if it got influenced by environmental factors?