Chromatography

Have you ever wondered why the leaves change color in the Fall? Would you believe that those beautiful reds, oranges and yellows are actually in the leaves all along? Chromatography is a method scientists to separate pigments. Watch as Miss Kate investigates the different pigments in spinach leaves. Then you can do your own chromatography experiments at home!


Spinach Chromatography

Watch as Miss Kate separates the pigments in spinach leaves!


For more on this topic, check out the following web pages:

“Why Do Leaves Change Color in Fall?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7qTx2l7bvo

“Why are Leaves Green (Part 1 & 2)” Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAQYpra4aUs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=545rqaOJQD8

“Why Leaves Change Color … as featured on weather.com”: https://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm

“Why Does Chromatography Work” article: https://sciencing.com/chromatography-work-21200.html

Classroom Teachers! Download the student worksheet and instructor guide to complete activity with your students.


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