Hello students and teachers!
We’re so glad you’re joining us for our Plant Parts digital field trip lessons. Read through each lesson and click on the links to learn with us.
We are also offering Family Field Trips onsite at Topaz Farm this spring! Click here for more information and to register.
We also want you to know about an extra-special part of our plant parts curriculum that involves (drumroll please)…. A PRIZE!!! We want you to search your kitchen for Oregon grown fruits and veggies, and tell us what you find. The full activity description and instructions for how to get the prize are on our website: My Food Comes from an Oregon Farm Activity.
If you or your teacher is interested in how our Digital Field Trips correlate with Oregon’s Next Generation Science Standards, you can check out our handy Module Descriptions and NGSS Correlations document.
- In this module we will talk about the different parts of the plant. To get started, we made a Plant Parts Intro Survey. Click this link to start learning and thinking about plant parts!
- This lesson includes another interactive plant parts activity! We’re going to learn about the parts of the plant we can eat, and how we eat different plant parts depending on the plant.
- Plant Parts In My Meal
- Think back to what you ate yesterday. Do you think you ate any plant parts? Chances are you did! A lot of times plant parts are ingredients in other foods we eat. So even if you didn’t eat a plant part by itself, plant parts were probably ingredients in something you ate. Try to think of 2 plant parts you ate yesterday, and write what they are and how you ate them in your journal.
- Example: I had pizza yesterday. The pizza had two different plant parts in it.
- Wheat – wheat is a seed. Wheat is ground into flour, which is used to make pizza crust.
- Tomatoes – tomatoes are a fruit. Tomatoes are an important ingredient in the pizza sauce.
Plant Parts Out My Window (You can also do this activity outside!)
- Look out a window in your apartment, duplex or house: Can you see any plants?
- If you do not see any plants, what could you imagine growing outside of your window if you could add some plants? If you see lots of tall buildings, how might you create a garden on the side of the building?
- Draw a picture of how your window view might look if there were plants growing on the sidewalks, on the rooftops, and alongside the walls of the buildings. What sort of things would you like to see growing? Flowers? Fruit? Trees? Use as much detail as you can in your drawing, add color if you want.
- If you do see plants, what is it that you see? Maybe some trees, flowers, bushes, or a garden? Take some time to draw at least one of the plants you see, add lots of detail to your drawing, add color if you want.
Plant Parts In My Kitchen
- Do you think you have any plant parts in your kitchen? We bet you do. Plants are awesome because we can eat them in many different forms – you may not have any fresh fruits or veggies in your fridge or fruit bowl, but chances are you have some frozen or canned plant parts!
- Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself: Plant Parts in My Kitchen Scavenger Hunt
Create your own plant
- In the last few weeks, we have been learning a lot about plants. This week we are going to have you create your own plant. Try to include the six different plant parts in your creation. Do you remember what those are?
- As you are creating your plant think about what each part of the plant’s function is.
- Why does a plant have flowers?
- How do seeds travel?
- Do all plants have fruit?
- What are the purposes of leaves?
- Can you think of different purposes of plant parts other than the ones we have discussed?
- We came up with a few examples of different ways you can create your own plant. There is no limit on what materials you can use! Get creative, use any supplies you want, and have fun with it! Make sure your plant has each of the six plant parts: root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed. Tell us about your plant: where does it come from? Where does it grow? What is it called?
- Example of a collage of a plant
- Example of a drawing of a plant
- Example of a felt/fabric plant
- Example of a plant made from plant parts found outside
Plant Parts Around The House
- So far, we’ve looked at plant parts that are in the things we eat. Did you know that plant parts are also used in plenty of things we don’t eat? What plant parts do you think you’re using every day? Check out our Plant Parts Around the House scavenger hunt to find out!
- Activity: Plant parts around the house scavenger hunt
Plant Parts Brain Teasers
- Let’s get more familiar with some words we have been talking about every week! Just like when you searched for plant parts in your kitchen, now you can look for them in this word search. In the word search, you will find these words: flower, stem, root, leaf, seed, fruit, sun, water, soil, and Earth. Some of these words aren’t plant parts but work together to make the plant grow big and strong. Can you think of how all of these things work together?
- Activity: Plant Parts Word Search
- Building off of what we’ve learned, and for a lil’ challenge, try this crossword! This crossword will consist of all the plant parts you know so well. Click the boxes and type in your answers to the questions that pop up. Did you know them all? Did you learn more about the plant parts?
- Activity: Plant Parts Crossword
- For those of you who want to dig a little deeper, every week from now on we will be offering an optional outdoor Plant Parts Bonus Challenge. Visit our Plant Parts Bonus Challenge page for all the info you need to do this week’s activity!
Plant Parts Coloring
- For this week we will be doing an online coloring activity. Please pick a flower that stands out to you to color! Did you know that flowers help the plant reproduce? (Along with seeds and fruits.) As you are coloring your flower, can you identify any other plant parts in the image? Do you see a root, stem, leaf, fruit, or seed?
- Activity: Plant Parts Coloring
- For those of you who want to dig a little deeper, every week from now on we will be offering an optional outdoor Plant Parts Bonus Challenge. This week we have an indoor scavenger hunt and an outdoor scavenger hunt for you to try out!
- This week we have a really fun game for you to try. Do you remember your plant parts? In this game, we will be labeling the different parts of the plant. Drag and drop the plant parts. You will see these words: flower, stem, root, fruit, seed, and bud. The bud isn’t something we talked about as a plant part, but it is in fact part of the plant. Do you know what a bud is? The bud of a plant is the baby flower inside a casing. What does each plant part do? Can you tell a friend?
- Activity: Label a plant online
- For those of you who want to dig a little deeper, every week from now on we will be offering an optional outdoor Plant Parts Bonus Challenge. This week we have indoor and outdoor plant parts scavenger hunts for you to try out!
Now let’s dive a little deeper and learn more about each part of the plant. We’ll start with roots.
- Video: 6 Plant Parts: Roots
- PS: It’s never too late to participate in our My Food Comes from an Oregon Farm Activity. If you haven’t filled it out yet, you should!! It’s a cool exploration of plant parts grown in Oregon AND if you complete it we send you a prize!
For this lesson, we’re sharing a presentation, activity, and video all about one of our favorite plant parts: stems!
- Click here to look through our presentation about how stems help plants grow and different stems that we like to eat.
- Click here to do this week’s activity. In the activity we learn how water is transported through the stem using materials you already have at home.
- Click here to watch a video reviewing everything we’ve talked about this week! (Video only available in English)
This lesson is about leaves! Can you observe the fallen leaves outside? Take a minute to think about:
- Why do these leaves fall from the trees?
- Why do they change colors?
- Why are leaves so important to the plant?
- How is the plant able to survive with the leaves falling during this season?
First, take a look at this presentation about leaves.
Then, once you’ve learned all about leaves, follow along with this activity to make your very own fall leaf collage!
Today’s plant part is the flower! To get us thinking about flowers, start off by imagining a flower:
- What does it look like (colors, shape, size)?
- What are its functions?
- How about its smell?
Now it’s time to learn a little more about flowers. Take a few minutes to look through this presentation about the role that flowers play as a part of the plant.
If you want to keep learning about flowers, we have two more very cool things for you to check out:
This week’s plant part is the fruit! Let’s start off our lesson by thinking about fruits:
- What are examples of a fruit?
- What are the functions of a fruit?
- What is the common taste of a fruit?
After you’ve thought about all that, check out our presentation on fruits to learn more!
And now it’s time to get moving with a fun activity: Household Fruits Scavenger Hunt
We’ve reached our final plant part – can you believe it?! We’re ending our exploration of parts of the plant by talking about seeds. As always, we’ll start with some warm-up questions. Imagine a common seed:
- Where does it come from?
- What is its function?
- How is it spread?
Now check out our presentation on seeds for more information!
And last, we have some cool videos to share about how seeds travel:
- Wow! 16 lessons all done. What have we learned?
- Can you name all 6 plant parts?
- What do they each do?
- Here’s a little song by the Banana Slug Band to help you remember them.
- One more challenge? See if you can find plant parts in your home, in your meals, in your walks, and everywhere you go.
- Outdoor Bonus Challenge