AstroFarmer – Learning about conditions for plant growth
In this set of six activities, students will investigate which factors affect plant growth, and relate these factors to growing plants in space.
Students will learn that plants need air, light, water, nutrients and a stable temperature to grow.
Students will observe what happens to plants when they vary some of these factors. These six activities can be done individually or as a set.
In this activity, students will investigate how cress grows in different lighting conditions: constant darkness and normal sunlight. Students should understand that ligth affects the growth of plants and relate the results from this experiment to Activity 1.
In this activity, students will investigate the transportation of water inside a plant. Through these exercises, students should understand that the roots and stem transport water to the rest of the plant. Afterwards, students will examine how flower petals change colour when dye is added to the plant water.
In this activity, students will plant radish seeds in different materials to determine which are good for growing plants.
In this activity, students will observe pictures from different places on Earth and link them to the different climate zones. Students will learn that plants can adapt to different conditions but there are extreme environments where they cannot live.
In this activity, students will summarise the most important conditions that are needed fro plants to be healthy. Students will consider what conditions on the Moon could pose a problem for plants.
Did you know?
Tomatoes get into trouble when temperatures drop below 13 ºC, or if temperatures exceed about 36 ºC. Cacti, on the other hand, can survive in the desert where temperatures range from below zero, up to around 70 ºC.
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