Foster | Parts of the Plant

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My schedule this year is 3rd, 2nd, 1st & Kinder classes at Foster Elementary and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed discovering the differences in learning per age group. Today I reviewed the Parts of the Plant with my students. Though they learned this lesson last year with Ranger Lily, I wanted to refresh their memory because this is one of the most important lessons in terms of learning edible versus inedible parts and the life cycle of plants.

To begin, I challenged the kids to draw all six parts of the plant on a sheet of paper. They teamed up into groups of 5-6 to discuss and share drawing tasks. I found it so interesting that the younger the age, the more detail was added to the drawings! Regardless, every kid wanted to draw their own interpretation of a flower or a seed or a root system. Haha – and they didn’t want anyone to forget the the soil, water and sun! 😀

While the students were drawing, I brought out a dead sunflower I’d pulled out from their garden earlier this month. Coincidentally, this plant had all the parts of the plant on it (aside from fruit). The kids ooohh-ed and aaaah-ed — they were super sad the plant was dead (but I merely explained that was part of its lifecycle) but were also overjoyed to discover that the parts of the plant they drew on paper existed in real life!

Lastly, we went on a scavenger hunt to find all six parts! The kids did an excellent job!

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I am also super thrilled to share that Foster had a fundraiser today to raise money for a shade structure in the garden! Jamba juice came out and within 15 minutes (I kid not!) the juice was GONE. Next week Jamba agreed to come again and bring three times more juice!

Til next week,
– Ranger Hope

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.

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