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Mold, eww gross!

The fifth grade class is using Mystery Science. “We are currently working through a unit called “Web of Life” in which students learn about food chains, plant growth, and decomposers,” stated our fifth grade teacher, Mrs Fletcher. “Our “mold terrariums” are a convenient and fun way to observe decomposition in the classroom in real time.” She stated. The students are studying 5 different conditions that may promote or inhibit mold growth.  The conditions are: darkness, sunlight, sugar, salt, and basic. Observations are being recorded on graphic organizers on our bulletin board for easy access and for students to compare their findings. 

Mrs. Fletcher added, “Our most current hypothesis is that salt is acting as an impressive inhibitor to mold growth while sugar and darkness have taken off like gangbusters." Stay tunes to the MPS web page for coming attractions growing/coming from the elementary classrooms!