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Elementary-Teacher-Resources: Lima Beans and
February 26, 2011

Lima Beans and

Spring is

Well, not here yet.

But we are starting our unit on plants anyways.

Ive come up with another quick and easy long term investigation I thought youd enjoy.

Its a lima bean investigation.

To begin this investigation I used:

- One Styrofoam plate

- Two paper towels

- 20 lima beans

- cup of water

Simply place the paper towels on the plate, add the seeds and water.

Place it in a sunny location and observe!

Im hoping that we will get to see the seeds sprout, grow and then eventually die off because of the lack of nutrition in the paper towel.

This has to be the cheapest experiment ever yet, my class is so excited to see what happens!

If youd like to download the graphs and charts Im using for this please visit the resource page.

If you work in a public school and want some new classroom books, resources, furniture or technology you have to visit

Its a free website where you can write mini-grants (up to $800) for items your classroom wants or needs.

Ive written several so far this school year and have found great success with it.

One of my grants was for science materials. I received a greenhouse, plants, and other tools to perform experiments in class.

I wrote another grant for story books that have math themes, and another for new book bins for my kids.

You can see all of my grants and maybe get some ideas for some of your own!

Ive found that it takes about an hour to get your first grant written, but it gets much easier after that.

So, check it out and get some new materials today!

Check out my podcasts on my podcast blog. They are fun and helpful!

I hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please feel free to email it to friends and family who are teachers or home-school moms!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you next month!

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