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Can you see the radicle and baby leaves?
After they've had time to explore. I pass out their very own bean book. I use this one from enchantedlearning.com
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The last part of this lesson is each student gets to make their own green house. They get a plastic sandwich bag and a paper towel. (I pre-write their names on their bag with sharpie) They wet the towel at the drinking fountain (we're lucky the fountain is just outside our door, we don't have a sink in our room). Then they put one lima bean and one pinto bean in the back on top of the paper towel. We taped them to the window and will check them in two days. We'll continue to check them for a couple of weeks or until they start turning moldy.
What do you think? Is this something you might try in your classroom? Thanks for stopping by!