Teaching Materials

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Parts of a Plant - YUM!

In honor of National Farmer's Market Week, here is a quick lesson on teaching parts of a plant using food! Teaching the parts of a plant is a component of the curriculum for many different grade levels, but how do you make it interesting for kids? Trying going through their stomachs!

1. Start with a basic lesson (or refresher) on parts of a plant.
2. Then give a brief description of some of the different parts that we eat (see the picture below - this is also listed at the bottom as a link that you can print and download!).

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3. Have the students brainstorm different foods that would fit in each of the categories.
4. Ask them to bring in something from a local farmers market or the grocery store. Have them classify each example and give their reasons for putting it in that category.

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5. Let them eat! Use one or more of the recipes below, or some of your own. Discuss the ingredients and have them classify each one that comes from a plant. Then dig in!

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Roasted Chickpeas
Popcorn
Veggies and dip
Tortilla chips

Below is a PDF of the parts of a plant with the definitions if you would like to print it off.

Parts of Plants We Eat

Friday, August 08, 2014