Mrs. Wardlow's Kindergarten class

We are a class in Surrey, BC. We love science and use our senses to make observations. We are practicing noticing many things and using words to describe and compare. We can share what we notice with others.

Observations
Day 1 - April 22, 2014

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Today, we started our beans project! First we looked at some scarlet runner beans. Then we looked at the beans Mrs. Wardlow had soaked overnight. We noticed some differences. We noticed:
  • the soaked beans were bumpy, wrinkly, and darker
  • some had cracked shells
  • you could see the white inside the bean
  • there was a line in the bean

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We put our beans in wet paper towel in a bag in the window. Now we wait for them to germinate (or sprout).

Day 4 - April 25, 2014

We noticed 2 of the beans had sprouted. The roots were pointing down instead of up. Some of the other beans cracked and were darker.

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We also looked at some of the other wikis. We read that in Ms. Leech's class, some students planted their beans in soil, and some in cotton balls. We made a prediction about which would grow better.

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It was a busy day with rehearsals for our school musical, but we will take more time to look at our beans after the weekend. Maybe they'll be ready to plant!

Day 7 - April 28, 2014

Over the weekend, all the beans except one sprouted! We observed and drew the beans. We looked at the sprouting roots. One of the beans had a leaf sprouting out of it.

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We planted our beans in soil...

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... and watered them.
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And now we wait for them to grow!

Day 9 - April 30, 2014

Many of our beans have shoots sprouting out of the soil. This happened so quickly! When we left school there were only one or two, but when we came back in the evening there were several! Friday there is no school, so we will have to wait and see what happens over the weekend.

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Day 14 - May 5, 2014

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Our beans grew so tall!Some beans had 3 leaves.Some beans had 4 leaves.Some beans had 2 leaves.Some beans did not sprout.Some beans were sprouting but did not have any leaves.


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Many people could see the roots in the cups.


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We also read the book, A Seed is Sleepy, by Dianne Hutts Aston. After reading it, we wondered...

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Day 16 - May 7, 2014

We measured our bean plants today.

We used the unifix cubes to measure how tall they had grown.

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The shortest plant was 2 cubes tall.

The tallest plant was 27 cubes tall!

How amazing that the plants all grow at different rates. Some just need a little extra time (and love.)

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Day 17 - Thursday, May 8, 2014


Today we took our beans home. About 6 out of our 19 beans did not sprout. We took some guesses about why.

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(GJ)
Some other thoughts about the non-sprouting beans:"We need to wait a little longer for it to grow. I think it needs more water to grow." (LL)
"I think my bean needs a little more sun, and more water to grow." (KL)
We will plant a few more beans. This time, we will try the dwarf bean, meant for small containers.

Here are some tips for taking care of your beans.
The beans are scarlet runner beans. They can be planted in the ground or in a container. They will produce a lot of roots (these help the bean plant grow so tall). The bean plant will need a tall stake, trellis or string to support it. From the back of the package:
"Increase yield by picking beans often to encourage growth. Water early in the morning to allow plants to dry and do not work among or pick when wet. Attractive to hummingbirds."