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Plants in our Midst: Roots We Eat

Exploring the function of roots, led me to ask the children if we could eat roots.  The group was split on the answer.  

Yes                                         No
Grace                                    Byron
Jayla                                       Esme
Tyreese                                   Oliver

We did some research and found that there are roots we eat! The children were adventurous and tasted three roots today: carrots, radishes and beets.  Jayla and Sophie preferred the carrot.  Oliver and Grace couldn't decide what was the tastiest and said all three roots were good.

Drawing a picture of their favourite root
Enjoying the carrot


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