A plant is what?!


When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves), celery (to show the stem), swiss chard and kale starters (to show the whole plant and root ball in dirt) and oranges from my tree (for a snack and to show that the fruit holds the seed). For the young students at Second Street Elementary, I asked them questions to make them think about produce that comes from parts of the plant. I gave them celery and let them watch me plant the swiss chard and kale after the lesson. I had them draw different foods that were of each part, and for the second graders, they wrote a description too.  For the older students, we talked about the parts of the plant and their different functions as well as transport systems and briefly touching on plant reproduction, which was planned for the week after. I had them draw and label the plant. I gave the students observation time and directed them to observe edible plants that were growing and what part they saw and used. For snack, they got to have a orange slices (that they loved!)

 


When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves), celery (to show the stem), swiss chard and kale starters (to show the whole plant and root ball in dirt) and oranges from my tree (for a snack and to show that the fruit holds the seed). For the young students at Second Street Elementary, I asked them questions to make them think about produce that comes from parts of the plant. I gave them celery and let them watch me plant the swiss chard and kale after the lesson. I had them draw different foods that were of each part, and for the second graders, they wrote a description too.  For the older students, we talked about the parts of the plant and their different functions as well as transport systems and briefly touching on plant reproduction, which was planned for the week after. I had them draw and label the plant. I gave the students observation time and directed them to observe edible plants that were growing and what part they saw and used. For snack, they got to have a orange slices (that they loved!)

 

Sarah Shutman

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