Greenhouse Work (Adapted)

Recipients of the Greenhouse Work (Adapted) credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed the following tasks:

Activity 1: Testing Seeds for Germination

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Open the petri dish.  Put the filter paper in the petri dish.
3.     Sprinkle a little water into the petri dish.
4.     Put 10 seeds in the petri dish.
5.     Cover the petri dish.
6.     Put the petri dish in a warm, sunny place.
7.     Have your teacher check your work.
8.      Clean up your materials.
9.      Look at the petri dish in one day.
10.   How many seeds sprouted? Chart this on your graph.
11.   Continue looking at the seeds each day for seven days.  Chart results on your graph.
12.   Have your teacher check your work.
13.   Clean up your materials.

Activity 2: Mixing Potting Soil

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Fill the measuring cup with one cup of soil.
3.     Put the soil into the mixing pan.
4.     Fill the measuring cup with one cup of vermiculite.
5.     Put the vermiculite into the mixing pan.
6.     Fill the measuring cup with one cup of peat moss.
7.      Put the peat moss into the mixing pan.
8.     Mix the ingredients with a trowel.
9.      Cover with plastic wrap until you need it for later activities.
10.   Have the teacher check your work.
11.   Clean up your work area.
12.   Wash your hands with soap and water.

Activity  3: Growing Plants from Seeds

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Fill the measuring cup with two cups of soil mixture from Activity 2.
3.     Fill the big pot with two cups of the soil mixture.  It should fill the pot to the bottom of the rim.
4.     Push the dirt down with the small pot.
5.     Sprinkle seeds onto the soil.  Space the seeds in an X pattern.
6.     Put ½ cup of the soil mixture in the wire strainer.
7.      Shake the soil mixture over the seeds until they are covered with soil.
8.     Set the pot in the drain tray.
9.     Water gently until the soil is wet.
10.   Cover with the plastic wrap.
11.   Have your teacher check your work.
12.   Place the pot where it will get light but not full sun.
13.   Clean up your materials.
14.   Wash your hands with soap and water.
15.   Leave the plastic wrap on your pots until you see tiny plants called seedlings.
16.   Take the plastic wrap off and gently water the plants as they grow.  Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet.
17.   The first tiny leaves are called seed leaves.  When true leaves appear, it is time to transplant! True leaves are the leaves that the plant is known by.

Activity 4:   Transplanting

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Fill five small pots with the soil mixture.
3.     Put the small pots in the drain tray.
4.     With the pot label, make a small hole in the soil in one of the small pots.
5.     Carefully use the pot label to dig one seedling out.  Be sure to get the roots! Hold the seedling gently by the stem in one hand.
6.     Put the seedling in the hole nearly up to the leaves.
7.      Push the soil tightly around the seedling with your thumb.
8.      Transplant the other four seedlings in the same way.
9.      Have your teacher check your work.
10.   Gently water the seedlings.
11.   Clean up your materials.
12.   Wash your hands.

Activity 5:   Stem Cutting

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Fill the glass jar with water to the bottom of the rim.
3.     Put one cutting in the glass jar.
4.     Put one pot in the drain tray.
5.     Fill the pot to the bottom of the rim with sand.
6.     Pour ¼ cup of water into the pot.
7.      Use the pot label to make a hole in the center of the sand.
8.     Put one cutting in the hole.  Press the sand around it.
9.     Place the pot in a plastic bag.  Close the bag.
10.   Put the last pot in the drain tray.
11.   Fill the pot to the bottom of the rim with vermiculite.  Pour ¼ cup of water into the pot.
12.   Use the pot label to make a hole in the vermiculite.
13.   Put one cutting in the vermiculite.
14.   Have your teacher check your work.
15.   Clean up your materials.
16.   Wash your hands.
17.   Wait four weeks for the roots to grow.  Keep the sand and vermiculite moist during this time.
18.   At the end of four weeks, take the cuttings out of the pots and jar.
19.   Look at the roots on each cutting.  Which one grew best? Record your answers on the Scientific Method worksheet.
20.   Have your teacher check your work.
21.   Put away all materials.
22.   Wash your hands.

Activity 6:   Another Way to Grow Plants – Division

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Fill the pots to the bottom of the rim with the soil mixture. Put the two pots in the drain tray.
3.     Use the pot label to make a hole in the center of the pot.
4.     Put the pot with the plant in the drain tray.
5.     Turn the pot over and take the plant out.
6.     Carefully divide the plant into two parts making sure there are leaves and roots on both.
7.      Place each plant into a hole in a pot.  Be sure to completely cover the roots with soil.
8.      Gently water each plant.
9.      Have your teacher check your work.
10.   Clean up your materials.
11.   Wash your hands.

Activity 7:   Build a Small Greenhouse

1.     Gather materials.
2.     Line the bottom of the box with the plastic wrap.
3.     Bend a piece of floral wire in a curve.
4.     Place the wire inside one end of the box.  Tape it if necessary.
5.     Bend a second piece of floral wire in a curve.
6.     Place the wire inside the other end of the box.  Tape it if necessary.
7.     Bend a third piece of floral wire in a curve.
8.     Put the wire in the middle of the box.  Tape it if necessary.
9.     Put the pots into the box.
10.  Gently water the plants.
11.  Cover the floral wire with plastic wrap.  Leave one end loose so you can water the plants later.
12.  Have your teacher check your work.
13.  Clean up your materials.
14.  Wash your hands.

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