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Parts of a Bean Seed
What’s inside a bean? Take a peek into the beginnings of a beanstalk, and see how a bean grows.
What are the parts of a bean seed?
- 8 pinto bean seeds
- Distilled water
- Paper towel
- Magnifying glass
- 5 small cups
- 5 pots
- Spray mister
- Put the eight seeds into the jar and pour distilled water onto them. After 24 hours, remove the beans and place them on a paper towel.
- The beans should be damp and easy to pry open with your fingernail. Remove the outside of the bean. This part is called the seed coat, and it protects the bean inside. Place your fingernail at the rounded edge and spread the halves of each bean open lengthwise.
- Use a magnifying glass to look inside. What can you see? Sketch the inside of each bean, labeling each half from 1 to 16. Do different bean plants look different inside?
When you look inside a bean, it’s not just empty space in there. A bean is made up of different growing parts, and you’ll be able to see them quite clearly with your magnifying glass.
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