Growing Corn Experiment Level: Grades K-4
• Five to six corn kernels
• Paper towels
• One sandwich-size Ziploc bag
• Black markers
1. Wet a paper towel completely. Wring out excess water.
2. Put five to six corn kernels in the center of the paper towel. (Using this many kernels
will increase chances of sprouting.)
3. Put the paper towel and the kernels in the Ziploc bag so that the kernels can be seen. Close the bag and label it. (name & date)
4. Lay the bag in a place exposed to natural daylight or a glow lamp where you can observe it.
Check the bag daily, water the kernels, and watch the corn grow!
(Developed by 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System)
NGSS standards addressed with this activity include:
K. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
2. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.