Tuesday, November 11, 2008
4 Casey Rd. Chittenden VT 05737
LEAVES: Substitute K-2 Puppet Show
Characters: Dandelion, Foxtail Grass, Common Mullein, Pine Needles, Maple Leaf
Props: large magnifying lens with grass leaf pictured on one side and dandelion leaf pictured on the other
Hey you, would you mind moving over a bit,
please? I can’t get any sunlight.
I’d like to but I can’t. I’m rooted to this spot!
Maybe you could grow a bit higher?
I don’t know, let me give it a try…ugh, ugh.
This is going to take some time.
Hey, that breeze is blowing me over a bit. Is that
Much better! My leaves really need sunlight.
Mine too! They need it to make food so I can
live and grow and make flowers and seeds.
That’s just why my leaves need sunlight too!
Our leaves are like food factories for the plant.
Yeah! And for all the insects that eat us too.
Yeah – that kinda BUGS me!
Your leaves are so skinny, how do they ever get
enough sunlight to make your food?
Oh, getting enough sunlight’s not the problem
for us grasses, but getting dried out by the sun –
now that can be a problem. Skinny leaves don’t
lose as much water as wide leaves do.
My leaves are wider, but it’s damp down here
near the ground so drying out isn’t a problem.
My leaves have smooth edges but your leaves
are kind of scary-looking – like jagged teeth!
Those just help the water drip off so I won’t rot.
My leaves need water to make food – they get it
through their veins. I can see you have veins too.
I wonder if they’re the same. Here, I’ll get my
magnifying lens and take a look. (holds up lens
with grass leaf) Wow! Your veins run right next
to each other like train tracks.
Yeah. They’re called parallel veins, but they
could be called “train veins!” Let me see yours.
(Hold up lens with dandelion leaf) Yours are
different, like branches on a tree, or a feather!
Yeah – that’s why my veins are called pinnate –
it means, “feather-like.” Hey, I have an idea.
Let’s see what other kinds of leaves we can find.
Only I’m too low. I can’t see anything.
Here’s that breeze blowing me over again. Can
you see now? (grass exits, mullein enters)
Oh yes, now I can see. Why, hello, I haven’t
met you before. You’re a tall flower, but you
don’t have any leaves!
Words of Wisdom
The effect of our words and acts is tremendous in this world. Every moment of life you are changing to a degree the lives of the whole world. … So, it’s not the surroundings, it isn’t the positions; the thing that will influence [others] in this world, are personalities. No matter what you are people will feel and recognize this. You radiate, you can’t hide it. You may pretend something else, but that will not affect people.
David O. Mckay
Chapter 24: “Let Your Light So Shine”, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, 225