How do plants help you breathe?

By Daniel Girdler

Did you know, our little green friends are actually responsible for all the oxygen we breathe in? Sounds outrageous, but let us show you how...

Every plant on Earth, from the Amazon to your window ledge, gets its energy from the sun. Plants use this energy to turn carbon dioxide and water into glucose which helps them grow. BUT, it also gives off something else in the process, the gas you and I are breathing in now, oxygen.

This process is called photosynthesis and we rely on it to survive. So next time you see a plant, give it a nod or a wave and say "thanks for all the air, friend".

Download our worksheet below for more photosynthesis fun.

Photosynthesis worksheet
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