Plants on the Move

by: Mary Bricker

When it comes to directly interacting with and doing experiments with organisms, plants have some distinct advantages over animals. Their diversity and accessibility allows students to use them in experiments, thus practicing important science inquiry skills. This article describes an investigation that was designed to help students appreciate the relationships between the form and function of plant structures as they experimentally test plant adaptation. In this simple classroom experiment, fifth- and sixth-grade students examined and compared different types of seeds and investigated which seeds travel farthest on the wind.

Level

Elementary School

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2009Volume 046Issue 06

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