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!
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!
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!!
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