Fruit Decomposition

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First, watch the Fruit and Vegetable Decomposition video on this Pathway. Then, put rain forest fruits (banana, orange, tomato) and non-rain forest fruits (apple, peach, grapes) each in separate glasses of water. How long does it take for them to decompose? Which ones decompose faster? Why? Since it rains a lot in the rainforest, what qualities help a fruit survive in all that water and humidity?

You will need the following supplies:

  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Tomato
  • Apple
  • Peach
  • Grapes
  • Six glasses of water to hold each fruit  
Subjects: Science
Grade Levels: 5th Grade
Resource Type: Activity