Eating the Parts of a Plant
If you're looking for a fantastic way to end your spring plant/botany unit, try this fun activity from Ms. Lopez of Coloring Outside The Lines that will have your kiddos snacking through the parts of a plant!
To prepare for your plant tasting party, Ms. Lopez suggests creating a thinking map of the parts of a plant. If they haven't already, invite your students to copy the scientific diagram in their science journals and reflect on the following prompt - What might it be like to eat a plant? Describe what a flower, stem, leaf, and roots might taste like. Have your students decide if they would want to eat a plant or if they'd rather not.
Plant Tasting Party
Before school put together a tray of plant parts...roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and even seeds!
- Roots = Carrots.
- Stem = Celery.
- Leaves = Lettuce or spinach.
- Flower = Cauliflower or broccoli.
- Seeds = Corn or peas.
- Fruit = Tomatoes.
Add in a bit of dip and let the snacking begin! Have students record their reactions in their science journal. Did they expect to be handed a carrot when they agreed to sample a root? Broccoli as a flower? While, of course, some of your students will not be partial to vegetables, most of your kiddos will love this fun exercise!
We noticed the printable worksheet we were linking to from WSU.edu no longer exists so we decided to create our own version. Hope you enjoy!