Objective: The children will be able to identify a root plant and how a root plant can grow without a seed.‹ Return to Theme
Note: The carrot tops will take about 1 week to grow.
Carrots are root vegetables that grow different parts over 2 years. The orange part grows during the first year. This is the main root of the plant and the carrot will grow only one main root. Carrots are usually harvested for use before the plant begins to flower. If you keep carrots in your kitchen, they might begin to sprout small white roots along the orange root. You cannot grow more carrots from these roots.
A carrot does not have seeds inside or on the outside. Carrot seeds come from flowers that are produced on the top of the carrot by a mature plant that has been left in the ground. A mature carrot has a tall stem. The stem produces a cluster of tiny white flowers. The flowers will wither and dry in a bird’s nest type cluster. The carrot seeds are tiny black dots inside the flower cluster. Carrot seeds are very small; there are about 3,000 seeds in a teaspoon.
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.