Chef Chlorophyll

Like solar panels, leaves lift Chef Chlorophyll closer to the sun.

Like solar panels, leaves lift Chef Chlorophyll closer to the sun.

Chef Chlorophyll has an excellent recipe for sugar, and Grade 1 knows a little more about the mysterious workings of this famous chef.  After a story play about the chef’s famous recipe (Carbon Dioxide donated by a few exhaling students, water, and a little bit of sunshine) students kept their eyes open for the chef in the world around them.  They learned that they don’t have to look far; Chef Chlorophyll is in any green plant.  We even looked at a picture of a plant cell to find the chef in green chloroplasts.

The red dyed veins of celery.

The red dyed veins of celery.

Then we looked for the answer to a question: Where does water go in a celery plant?  A week earlier we added celery to water with red food coloring and waited.  This Tuesday, we looked closely to see if we could find places where water carried the red dye along its path through a stem. But we didn’t just see red dye in the stem’s veins.  “I see Chef Chlorophyll!” I heard from across the room.  “How do you know?” I asked.  The green, of course.  But what does that mean for celery? Sugar!  I know, not the first thing a person thinks of when thinking of celery… doesn’t it make you want to taste it one more time?

Here’s wishing you a healthy dose of Chef Chlorophyll this weekend!

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