Foster | Parts of the Plant

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

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.