Leaf Chromatography

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Pigmentation of leaves is important in plant processes. Scholars use chromatography to create a better picture of the pigmentation in an assortment of leaves. They share their results to make comparisons between different plant species.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils bring in different samples of leaves for testing
  • Ask individuals to organize the chromatography results into similar groups and justify the types of groups they create
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires specific materials and time for set up
Pros
  • Offers extensions that connect to different disciplines
  • Emphasizes important scientific vocabulary
Cons
  • None