To enable students with visual impairments to understand how a seed germinates, producing roots and shoots to become a plant, and to use the scientific method of observing and documenting changes over time
In a video segment from ZOOM, students learn how to create a “germinator,” a contraption that lets them conduct their own germination experiment.
Seeds, paper towel, stapler, plastic bag, water, braille ruler, and Wikki Stix or clay
- Have students listen to the Germinator video on PBS Learning Media (use the alternate version with audio description).
- Give each student materials to conduct the experiment in the video.
- Ask each student to measure seeds with the braille ruler before putting them in the plastic and document it in their journal
- Using Wikki Stix or clay, ask students to make a representation of the seed and braille the measurement.
- After the seed has sprouted, ask each student to measure the sprout with braille ruler and document it in their journal.
- Using Wikki Stix or Clay, ask students to make representation of sprout and braille the measurement.
Additional Resources: PBS Learning Media: Germinator
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