Create for each student an 8-page, carrot-shaped journal. Then give each child a real carrot. Help students put their names on the covers of their journals and draw pictures of their carrots on the first page of their journals. Next, cut off the top of each carrot and let students draw the tops of their carrots on the second page of their journals. Instruct each child to place some pebbles into a small shallow dish. Then students should place their carrot tops in the dish and add enough water to cover the bottom of the carrot. Ask students to draw a picture of the carrot top in the dish on the third journal page. Put the dishes in sunlight. Invite students to observe their carrots and draw journal pictures of their growth each day. Carrot tops should sprout after 3 to 5 days. Later, encourage students to share their journals and talk about their observations.
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Originally published 05/18/2009
Last updated 02/24/2010