How Plants Find Food

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How do roots find nutrients? The PBS video, part of a series on food science, describes experiments proving roots grow specifically toward nutrients in the soil. A theory of how roots know in which direction to grow provides an interesting discovery that might change the way you look at plants.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a Venn diagram comparing bears foraging for food and roots foraging for nutrients
  • Experiment with daughter vines, as shown in the video
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  • Offers discussion questions to encourage synthesis of knowledge

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