Investigating Phenomena: How Do Plants Grow?

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Carolina Phenomenon

Phenomena-driven science! Phenomena are observable, naturally occurring events that are everywhere and spark student questions and investigations. Ask students to observe the DCI-linked phenomenon in the video and complete the attached student sheet prior to remote learning discussions.

Observations: Carefully watch the plant growth video that takes place over 47 hours. Gather all the evidence you can from the video, and write down everything you observe.

Generate Questions: Why do the roots come out first? Why do the stems and leaves have color but the roots appear white? Why didn’t the plants all sprout at the same time? Why do the stems move as the plants grow?

Research (include sources):

Final Explanation: Use a written explanation, graphic, or flow chart to present your final explanation for plant growth.

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