Learning the parts of a plant with vegetable “tacos”

IMG_6913This week at Lexington Avenue Primary School we focused on learning about the parts of a plant and what part of each plant are healthy for humans to eat. We talked about about the roots that capture moisture and nutrients for our growing plant, the stem that transports the water to the rest of the plant, the leaves to capture sunlight, the flowers to attract pollinators, and the fruits to protect the new seeds.

We played “plant part rock-paper-scissors” in pairs to learn the six parts. Each pair plays rock paper scissors, and the winner of each round claims each part of a plant from the ground up. The first person to win 6 rounds (roots, stems, flower, seeds, fruits, leaves) is the winner and has all the parts of a plant! The winners of our game picked kale from our garden to wash and prepare as our “tortillas” in the vegetarian tacos. The rest of the kids planted radish seeds in a newly amended bed.

IMG_6911We gathered back together at the end of class to draw and label a plant and it’s parts. We brainstormed some plants that we eat that come from different parts of our plant. We put together celery (stem), radish (root), pumpkin seeds (seeds), and tomato (fruit). We wrapped this mix into kale leaves for our vegetarian taco snack!

-Garden Ranger Claire

Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.