Monocots and Dicots in the Garden

Yesterday 5th and 6th graders learned about monocots and dicots in the garden with Ms. Swarth.  When dicots sprout, they have two cotyledons (usually) and when monocots sprout, they just have one.  Students looked at their garden seeds sprouting and picked through weeds to find that there are many more dicots than there are monocots in our garden.  Some common monocots are: grasses, rice, wheat, oats, bamboo, onions, garlic, lilies, orchids, and daffodils.  Their leaf veins run parallel and dicot leaves tend to intersect a lot. Later, they made colorful drawings depicting the differences they saw.

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