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In the theme of Diversity for Science, there is a topic on Plants. Our pupils need to learn the different parts of the plants and their functions. One of the plant parts they have to learn is 'the roots'. The roots of the plants have 2 functions - absorbing mineral salts & water from the ground, and holding / anchoring the plant to the ground.
Lately, there is a video taken in Nova Scotia showing the earth 'breathing'. While it does look pretty creepy, it is an awesome starting point to talk about the parts of the plant that is causing this effect.
It's quite possible due to insufficient growth, decay or wear & tear after being blown over the course of time, there isn't enough mass of roots to keep the plant rooted to the ground. Whatever that is left is clinging on desperately to the soil that it is only a matter of time, the wind would be too strong and the tree would topple over.
Parents can always use such videos to discuss important Science concepts with their child. It is one thing to force them to revise words off a page - but it brings learning to a new level when we get to see for ourselves the things that make our world wonderful.