Is it Science or Art? Or Both!
The children in the Sh'kedim class (EC3-4) have been intrigued with the falling leaves this Autumn. To further explore the children's interests, we conducted an experiment to demonstrate the concept of transpiration, using romaine lettuce leaves and food coloring to demonstrate how leaves/plants absorb water. At the start, we asked the children to predict the outcome of the experiment. Each day the children observed and documented the changes to the romaine leaves in the science center of the classroom. The class was elated to discover that their predictions were correct, and indeed the colored water was absorbed through the "tiny straws" inside the lettuce leaves to change color. The children also made an incredible connection... that the outcome of this experiment was very similar to the leaves outside on the trees changing color. This experiment was a tremendous success! It was great fun to engage in scientific inquiry and discovery for our youngest scientists!