How Plants Make Food

Information About This Unit

List of Materials and Supplies Needed for This Pathway:

Sunlight Experiment:

  • Small shrub, tree or house plant
  • Cardboard or aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips


Plant Growth Experiment:

  • Pack of small garden seeds
  • Small bag of plain potting soil
  • Two small flat type containers for planting seeds
  • Two small glasses or butter tubs for soaking seeds
  • A few ounces of liquid plant food thats been mixed for garden plants


Sipping Stems:

  • 2 white carnations or 2 freshly cut celery stalks
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Jars or glasses
  • Water
  • Scissors or knife (adult supervision required)


Plants Need Sunlight and Water:

  • 4 potted plants, same kind and size
  • Water
  • Place that is dark to put a plant
  • Place that gets lots of sunlight to put a plant


Healthy Plants:

  • Pots
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Variables: apple juice, paper towels, etc.


Paper Plate Sunflower:

  • One small, plain paper plate
  • Paper towel tube
  • Green construction paper (sheet)
  • Yellow construction paper (a few sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape



  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Pencil

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