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Plant Parts You Eat

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.

What Plants Do You Eat?

Begin the activity by asking, Did you know that humans eat many different parts of plants? Lead a class discussion about the different parts of plants, such as seeds, leaves, stems, roots, and flowers. Follow by having students think of all the plant-based foods they have eaten (or will eat) that day.

Ask, Does oatmeal come from plants? What about apple juice? What other foods come from plants? Examples might include bread from wheat; cereals from oats, wheat and corn; and juice from oranges and apples. Ask, Did you know that we eat many different parts of plants?


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932