Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Can Plants Survive?

Lab Summary

use a light sensor to explore whether or not plants need light and water to survive and what adaptations help them survive.


To understand this content, students:

  • Compare the characteristics of animals and plants that make them alive.
  • Identify the basic needs of plants that will enable them to survive.
  • Recognize adaptations of plant leaver and roots that help plants acquire sunlight and water.
  • Identify sunlight as the source of energy for plants to photosynthesize.
  • Design and carry out an experiment to test if plants need both water and sunlight to survive.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Potted plants, young plants, all the same kind - 8
Roots of plants - A variety
Leaves of plants -  A Variety
Growing light (optional) 
Markers - A variety

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.