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COMPARING STEMS

We will look at a plant which has been removed from it's soil, and make
a list of the things we notice about its stem. First, we want to know
where the stem begins; if it begins above the soil or below the soil,
or right at the place where the soil ends. Then we will check out
stems of many other kinds of plants, and make a "histogram" (pronounced
"hist-oh-gram"), a graph, which will show us some of the differences
between plants, as well as the things that are almost the same.

We want to list the name of each plant from which we took a stem, and
under the plant name, we'll list the color, the kind of skin it has (if
it is a woody stem, the skin is called "bark"), the shape of the stem,
and whether it is hard-feeling or squishy feeling when you squeeze it a
little bit. We will sniff each stem and see if we can tell what kind
of smell it has. If we have mint stems, we can wash the leaves, and
taste them!

Our list might look like this:

WILLOW FIR MINT


COLOR: bright green brown pale green

TEXTURE: smooth rough fuzzy

SHAPE: oval round square

SMELL: fresh woody minty (yum!)

HARDNESS: firm, bendy hard squishy-soft



 
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