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Types of Roots

Label the two different types of roots shown below.




































Spreading Our Roots

The Jobs of Roots


Roots have many important jobs to keep the plant healthy. Below, list what the four

different
jobs are:




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Nutrients that Roots Absorb


Roots
absorb a variety of nutrients that the plant uses for growth and function. Draw a
line to match each nutrient to its corresponding role.


Nitrogen
Strengthens plant structure and protects plant from


disease


Potassium
Helps to produce and store energy, helps produce

oxygen, and helps with plant growth


Calcium
Regulates uptake of water and carbon dioxide


Part of chlorophyll, which gives plants their green


Magnesium
color and functions in photosynthesis


Helps chlorophyll capture the suns energy for

Phosphorus

photosynthesis


Parts of a Root


Different
parts of the root work together so it can preform its functions. Using the word

bank below, label the parts of the root.


































The ________________
carries water and minerals into and through the plant.




Word Bank

Root
Primary
Lateral Root
Root Hair Xylem Root Tip Root Cap

Root

Roots That We Eat!


Fill in the chart below based on your observations of the three root vegetable samples.
You may use the sample descriptive words listed below or think of your own.

Root

What does it look like?

What is the texture like?

What does it taste like?


Beets

Parsnips

Carrots





Sample
Descriptive Words:


Round,
Bumpy, Smooth, Bright, Dull, Red, Purple, Orange, Golden

Juicy,
Mealy, Firm, Squishy, Crunchy, Sharp, Rough

Sweet,
Zesty, Bitter, Sour, Earthy, Tart, Spicy






Take Away

What are two new root vegetables that you saw today?


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