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Get to the Roots


Discuss with children the function of a plant's roots. Help them understand that roots carry water and nutrients from the soil to the plant. Next give children straws and small drinking cups with a bit of water in each one. As children "suck up" the water, explain that plants' roots act in much the same way. Further illustrate the concept by placing a stalk of celery in a glass of water colored with food coloring. Invite children to observe for a few days and note what takes place.


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