Quick summary: Students experiment with planting a potato in a shoebox with a small hole cut in it, and over several weeks watch as potato shoots emerge from the hole.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Australian Curriculum content description: This activity is relevant to Science Inquiry Skills across all primary year levels of the Australian Curriculum.
Year 1 Science
- Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
Year 2 Science
- Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Year 4 Science
- Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-10LW, ST2-10LW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes to set up experiment, observation time over the next several weeks.
Resources required: A shooting potato (one that has little white shoots growing out of it), shoe-box, scissors, potting mix, rocks.
Safety advice: Depending on student age and ability teacher may need to supervise students cutting holes in the shoebox.
Keywords: Potato, shoots, grow, dark, plants.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.