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  • 0:03 What Is Chlorophyll?
  • 0:51 Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis
  • 1:45 How Chlorophyll Helps Us
  • 2:16 How We Can Help Chlorophyll
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Instructor: Danielle Wilson

Danielle is a certified elementary, middle school math, and special education teacher. She has a master's degree in elementary education and special education.

Did you know that plants are like chefs? They use a variety of ingredients to make their own food! Finish this lesson to find out more about the green pigment that not only gives plants their color but is also an important ingredient in their favorite recipe.

What Is Chlorophyll?

Have you ever helped to cook a favorite recipe? When you follow a recipe, you have to grab all of the ingredients to make the dish. Sometimes we have all of the ingredients in our home, and other times we have to go to the market and buy them. Plants are unable to move and go to the market for food. So plants use the ingredients in their environment to make their own food. The process plants use to turn energy into food is called photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis uses chlorophyll to capture and convert energy. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in almost all types of plants. It's also what gives plants their green color. Chlorophyll is located inside chloroplasts, or the part of the plant cell where photosynthesis happens.

Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is an important process that scientists call energy transformation. Energy is the power of something; for instance, you need energy to walk or run. Transform means to take the shape or form of something else. Your body transforms energy all the time. When you eat healthy meals, your body transforms the energy from the food into energy you can use to be active. During photosynthesis, plants collect light energy and transform it into chemical energy. Plants use the chemical energy to make food.

Chlorophyll plays an important role in this process because it absorbs all the light for the plant to transform into food, or glucose. Chlorophyll is able to absorb different light colors but cannot absorb the color green. This is why most of the plants we see are green. We're actually looking at the chlorophyll that's inside of the plant!

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