Music and Plants
3rd – 6th grades
Difficulty of Project
Less than $10.00
Plants can be purchased at a garden store. The rest of the materials should be readily available.
Approximate Time Required to Complete the Project
One week to collect the data; one day to prepare the science fair display.
To investigate the affect music has on plants
Materials and Equipment
- 3 small potted plants (the plants should be the same type and about the same size)
- 2 small CD players or M3P players
- 1 CD of hard rock music
- 1 CD of classical music
- Masking Tape
Simply put plants need water, food, and sunlight to grow. But other factors such as the amount and quality of water, food, and sunlight affect the way a plant grows. The plant needs water and sunlight to get food from photosynthesis and respiration. But do other factors affect plant growth?
In this investigation, plants are exposed to different types of music to see if music affect plant growth.
Terms, Concepts, and Questions to Start Background Research
photosynthesis: the process by which a plant makes food
respiration: the process where the oxygen in plants combines with food to release energy
Plants need water, food, and sunlight to grow. Music also affects plant growth.
- What makes a plant grow?
- Does music affect plant growth?
- Does the type of music affect plant growth?
- Gather the necessary materials.
- Using the masking tape label the plants: 1) Classical Music, 2) Rock Music, and 3) No Music.
- Place each plant in a different room with similar temperature and light. Water each plant exactly the same. For one week play classical music and rock music for the appropriate plants. Leave the third plant with no music.
- Keep a daily record of how each of the plants is doing.
- At the end of the week, compare the results.
“All About Plants” at http://library.thinkquest.org/3608/plantsgrow.html
“How Plants Grow” at http://library.thinkquest.org/3715/root2.html
“What Makes Plants Grow” at http://www.buzzle.com/articles/what-makes-plants-grow.html
“How Plants Grow” by Ron Cornwell at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/regions/lawnandgarden/plantgrowth2.PDF
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