Objective: Children will learn about the different parts of plants that everyday foods come from and which parts we eat.
Note: Before beginning the activity, divide the butcher paper into 6 sections.
All plants have the same basic parts; roots, stem, leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruit. The different parts of many plants are edible. Carrots and radishes are the roots of a plant. Asparagus and celery are the stem of a plant. Spinach and lettuce are the leaves of a plant. Broccoli and cauliflower are the flowers of a plant. Squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes are the fruits of a plant. Corn, beans, and peas are the seeds of a plant.
Different parts of plants are edible, and with some plants, we eat more than one part of the plant. The root of the beet plant is what most people like to eat, but the leaves are also good in salads. We need to be careful of which plant parts we eat because some of the plants we eat have poisonous parts. For instance, we eat the fruit of the tomato plant, but the leaves of the tomato plant are poisonous.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.