Kindergarteners planted fava beans and radishes in their root viewers a few weeks ago. Last week we had an unveiling to see how our roots have grown and to compare the difference between the roots of radishes and fava beans. It turns out that fava beans have much thicker roots. We will continue this week to look at them as the other half of the class rotates to do the activity. These root viewer directions were from a UCSC Life Lab video. You can make your own root viewers to enjoy at home with the following steps.
- 2 Plastic Cups (one to use as a stencil)
- Dark Construction Paper
- Potting Soil
- Various Seeds
- Cut out the side of a plastic cup. (Remove the bottom circle)
- Lay out the cut piece on dark construction paper and trace the outline.
- Drill holes on the bottom of a new plastic cup to allow water to drain.
- Apply potting soil and insert seeds along the side of the cup.
- Wrap dark construction paper around the cup and tape securely. (This prevents the roots from growing towards the center of the cup)
- Water and provide sunlight when needed and keep checking in.