Identifying Plant Parts | Foster

I love teaching the parts of the plant. There are so many ways to introduce this important aspect of botany; it can either by super simplified or super complicated. That means that if a class has already heard the lesson before they will always learn something new!

Drawing the parts of the plant together...

Drawing the parts of the plant together…

Knowing that several of my classes were about to get a review, I challenged the students to help me draw the parts of the plant by memory. I prompted them with questions like “How does a plant begin its life?” “Where does a seed come from?” “What grows after the seed is planted into the ground?” It was very interesting to see the gears in their brains churning as they began to realize that the lifecycle of the plant is more than just memorizing a diagram or flash cards. It’s real life!

This student is pointing out the FRUIT in the picture. Identifying all six parts of the plant was tricky but so fun!

This student is pointing out the FRUIT in the picture. Identifying all six parts of the plant was tricky but so fun!


After discussion, we explored the garden to find examples. I was really impressed with the students who found seeds in a deceased calendula flower (featured image), leaves on kale and the red stem on swiss chard!!

...of course it wouldn't be exploration time without finding rolly pollies!! :D

…of course it wouldn’t be exploration time without finding rolly pollies!! 😀

I believe this lesson is the basis of all the rest of the lessons as the weeks go forward. Here’s to learning about gardening and why plants and the animals that live in the garden are so important!

– 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.