The Nile River was, and still is, an oasis in the desert. Ancient Egyptians took advantage of the annual flooding of the banks of the Nile River and planted their crops in the fertile “black land” along the sides of the Nile River.
Aerial View of the Nile River
First we asked a question… because scientists ask questions!
The Younger Kids are asking: “Where will beans sprouts grow better? Sand or soil?”
The Middle Kids are asking “Will beans grow better in sand, dirt, potting soil, or my own perfect recipe of soil?” The Middle Kids got to plant four different beans in those four different soils. For, “the perfect recipe” they made up their own, so everyone’s is different.
And practicing drawing scientifically accurate pictures
We practiced picking the right colors to draw a realistic, or real-life, picture, aka a “scientific drawing”.
This will be a good lesson in observing and being honest in our observations. Some plants may not grow at all; some may grow best in a soil we did not predict would be best; sometimes our hypothesis may be wrong. We are learning that is okay! Sometimes, we learn more from experiments that do not end as expected!