Mrs. Long’s First Grade class has been working on their new science unit on plants. The new science curriculum encourages a more hands-on approach to science and the girls are having a lot of fun as a result! In science, they placed Lima bean seeds between wet paper towels and recorded what they looked like. They then waited for them to sprout. One and a half weeks later, the seeds had roots, a stem, and even a leaf or two. The girls each planted their seeds in little cups of soil. Then they were given an engineering challenge. They had to create a tower from rolled paper. Then they were challenged to use what they knew about plant parts to create a way for the tower to stand. Using a variety of art supplies, the girls thought about the roots as they designed their tower, and created a root-like bottom that allowed the tower to stand up.