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  • Challenge Question #3

    7th Grade Science (gkloewer@esu6.esu6.k12.ne.us)
    Sun, 27 May 2001 17:00:12 -0500

    We depend on leaves for the food we eat and the air we breathe. The leaves take in sunlight, water,
    and carbon dioxide and use them to make food and oxygen. This happens in little green circles in
    the leaves called chloroplasts. Inside these green circles is a pigment called chlorophyll which is
    the stuff you get in your jeans when you get them grass stained. Chlorophyll captures the sun's
    energy which powers the food making activities in the leaves. If we didn't have leaves, there
    wouldn't be any place for food making (called photosynthesis, Mrs. Kloewer says) to happen. We
    wouldn't have anything to eat or breathe. Even if we don't eat the leaves, the animals we eat do eat the
    leaves so that we still depend on them for food.

    Mrs. Kloewer's 7th grade class
    York Middle School
    York, Nebraska