Herb Garden Project


Introduction:

Over the next several weeks, we will learn about several topics, including dichotomous keys, plant structure, photosynthesis, phototropism, and adaptations.. To help us better understand these topics, Mr. Martell's 7th grade science classes will establish an indoor herb garden. Among the herbs we will attempt to grow are thyme, rosemary, lavender, oregano, basil, purple basil, parsley, chives, and dill.

Research Question:


How do light and water affect the growth of herbs in an indoor garden?

Methods:


Working in groups students will grow one herb with artificial lighting and another with no light provided. Students will record daily the height of the plant and if water was provided. Also, they will note other observations, including wilting or phototropism. Ultimately, the students will present their data and other facts learned during the six weeks to the class using either a poster or PowerPoint presentation.



Part 1 (Tuesday, Jan. 11th - Friday, Feb. 4th): Establish and monitor an indoor herb Garden

  • TEKS
    • 7.7C demonstrate and illustrate forces that affect motion in everyday life such as emergence of seedlings
    • 7.13A investigate how organisms respond to external stimuli found in the environment such as phototropism
    • 7.13B describe and relate responses in organisms that may result from internal stimuli such as wilting in plants

  • Overview: Students will setup their composition books and then continuously record growth data as well as observations regarding environmental factors that affect plant growth.




Part 2 (Wednesday, Jan. 12th - Friday, Jan. 14th) : Compose a dichotomous key that correctly identifies different herbs

  • TEKS
    • 7.11A examine organisms or their structures such as insects or leaves and use dichotomous keys for identification

  • Overview: Students will be given samples of different herbs and asked to generate a dichotomous key, which includes a series yes or no questions that leads to the correct identification of the herb.




Part 3 (Tuesday, Jan. 18th - Friday, Feb. 3rd) : Generate a PowerPoint presentation or poster that describes general plant traits as well as unique traits and adaptations displayed by your group's herb.

  • TEKS
    • 7.12A investigate and explain how internal structures of organisms have adaptations that allow specific functions such as the xylem in plants
    • 7.5A recognize that radiant energy from the Sun is transformed into chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis
    • 7.12D differentiate between structure and function in plant and animal cell organelles such as chloroplast
    • 7.7C demonstrate and illustrate forces that affect motion in everyday life such as emergence of seedlings
    • 7.13A investigate how organisms respond to external stimuli found in the environment such as phototropism

  • Overview: Students will work in groups and research the herb that they are growing. The presentation will identify different structures of their herb as well as adaptive traits it displays. In addition, they will review basic plant structure and the purpose of photosynthesis.




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