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Learning objects Plant lab

TLF ID L11712

Investigate the effects of four variables - nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration - on the growth of tomatoes. Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Consider the results and write up your observations and conclusions.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students set up controlled laboratory experiments to investigate variables affecting plant growth and analyse the resulting data.
  • Students make a hypothesis, carry out a fair test and analyse the results to decide whether the data supports their hypothesis.
Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the Australian Curriculum content description in year 6 science about designing an experiment to investigate factors that affect the growth of plants.
  • The resource can contribute to students attaining the achievement standard in year 6 science by providing opportunities to predict the effect of environmental changes on plants.
  • It may also contribute to students attaining the achievement standard in year 6, and assist students to identify variables to be changed and measured, interpret data and describe relationships in data.
  • Includes an option for students to save or print a lab report after compiling it.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Name: Roger Clark, Karen Smith
    • Organisation: Synergie7 Pty Ltd
    • Address: Beaumaris VIC 3193 Australia
    • URL:
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Gayl O'Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.