'What sort of experiment', I ask?
'I don't know. We have to make one up', He says.
'Well, how about this...or that...'? I helpfully say.
'No. That's stupid'. He says.
And it goes on and on, until the assessment task is just around the corner and still no decision is on the horizon. This is when the parent, myself, goes into panic mode! For some reason, my son does not seem to panic...'It's ages away', he says. Ages of course means one week away and no experiment started, no hypothesis no nothing!
So...off I go to the local nursery and buy four plants. Three for the experiment and one for me, just because I like the plant, and if my son doesn't kill the other three, then I can plant them in the garden.
Our last minute experiment goes like this:
All the plants receive the same amount of sunlight each day. The variables are water and fertiliser. Our hypothesis is that the plant that receives sunlight, water and fertiliser will do best. Sounds OK so far.
- Place the plants in the sun in the same position
- plant number one receives sunlight, water and seasol every 2 days
- plant number two receives sunlight and seasol every 2 days
- plant number three receives water only every 2 days
- plant number four goes directly into my garden and receives no special treatment.
Record via photos and see what happens!