Plant Parts You Eat
Have students work in groups of 2-4 to conduct the activity.
Materials per Student Group
- Crayon or marker
- Plastic, serrated knife Piece of whole fruit, vegetable or grain (see Set-up)
- Sheet of white construction or drawing paper, 9 in. x 12 in.
Bring enough different fruits, vegetables and grains to provide a different sample to each group of 2–4 students. Try to include at least one representative from each of the categories listed below. Fresh, whole examples are best.
- Roots: examples include carrot, beet, radish, or sweet potato
- Leaves: lettuce, spinach, or scallions (Students can observe that the fleshy bulb of the scallion or green onion is made up of overlapping leaf bottoms.)
- Stems: asparagus (potato is a confusing example, except to discuss with students afterwards) or celery stalks (leaf stem)
- Flowers: broccoli, cauliflower, or artichoke
- Fruits: apple, orange, peach, tomato, or zucchini (example should have observable seeds)
- Seeds: dried beans, peas, or lentils
- Whole grains: popcorn or wheat berries (white rice has most of the grain removed).
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My Health My World: National Dissemination
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The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
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