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Experiment 3



Will the amount of water a plant gets affect its growth?

6 paper cups, loam(potting soil), lima beans, water, teaspoon, crayon



1. Mark 3 cups with the letter M for 'more' and 3 cups with the letter L for 'less'. 

2. Fill each cup 3/4 full of soil.

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  3. Place a lima bean in each cup and cover with more soil.

4. Place the cups in the sun.

5. Water the M cups everyday with 10 spoons of water. Water the L cups with two spoons of water everyday.

image of a flashing light bulbThink About This:

1. What does too much water do? 

2. Other than not watering the plants as much, what could you do to help solve the problem of too much water? 


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