Dried Vs. Soaked Beans
Students will observe the differences between a dry and soaked bean, and identify the functions and parts of a bean at the beginning of its growth.
- dry kidney beans
- kidney beans soaked in water overnight
- recording sheet: click on thumbnail image to go to a printable, full-page view. Press the 'back' button in your browser to return to this page.
- Hand out recording sheets.
- Give each student a dried kidney bean. Discuss with them how it looks and feels like.
- Students draw a picture of this bean on their recording sheet.
- Pull out soaked beans and demonstrate how to split it lengthwise with your fingers(should be easy, but make sure you have a few extras).
- Pass out soaked beans on napkins. Discuss with them (students, not beans) how it looks and feels like.
- Students draw soaked bean on their recording sheet.
- Ask students to split bean on their own as demonstrated. Younger children may require assistance.
- Return split beans to napkins and discuss how it looks like.
- Draw the diagram below on the chalk board.
- Explain to the students the names and the functions of the parts that they may see in their split beans.
- Embryo- developing plant, Seed-coat- protects the developing plant, stored food (cotyledons)- food for the developing plant.
- Students draw their own split beans, labelling the parts shown on the chalk board.