Posts Tagged ‘Plant Nutrients’

Science Activity: NPK Bracelets

Monday, February 17th, 2014
This fun bracelet activity is a great way to introduce the three essential plant nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphate (P) and potassium (K). As students put the various beads together on the bracelet, they will have a better understanding of what plants need to grow. Also, use Nutrients for Life’s free elementary activity book, Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team, to enrich the lesson. If using with the booklet, build the bracelet as students work their way through the book. Interestingly, plants do not technically need soil to grow, as seen with air plants and hydroponic setups, but simply the essential plant nutrients (N-P-K). Grade Levels: 2 to 6 (but we have seen high school teachers adjust this for their classes!) Length: 10 minutes/25 minutes when used with Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team Group size: This activity works well in both small group and large settings Objective: Students will be able to recall what conditions plants needs to grow, such as plant nutrients (in the soil), sunlight, water, and air. Materials needed: (One per student) Note: We purchased individual N, P, and K (9mm) alphabet beads at http://www.namebeads.com. Green chenille sticks (pipe cleaners) or green ribbon Green pony beads Clear pony beads Black or brown pony beads Yellow pony beads Light blue pony beads N, P, K 9mm beads (optional) Purple pony beads Procedure: Place each bead on the chenille stick, while reviewing what each bead represents. (Green chenille stick)—Plants: Farmers grow plants that require nutrients from the soil (Black or brown bead)—Soil: Farmers help to protect the environment by testing their soils to learn if the soil contains the right amount of nutrients. If nutrients are missing, the farmer will add more by adding fertilizer. The three main nutrients needed for the plant to grow are N, P, and K. (N bead - optional) — Nitrogen (Green Bead)—Nitrogen helps the…

Helping Communities Grow Program Expands to California

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
We are so excited to announce the expansion of the Nutrients for Life Foundation's Helping Communities Grow program is open to FFA chapters in California. (more…)