Teaching Materials

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!).


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.


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
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