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The students will identify the parts of a plant and label them as a whole class. The students will construct their own model and discover real-life examples of plant parts they see and eat every day.
This lesson is to help children discover and use concrete examples in order to better understand the parts of a plant and what they do. This lesson is best taught as a unit, spending adequate time on each plant part to enable the students to have experiences with each. The teacher needs to read about the plant parts and what they do prior to the lesson in order to help the children understand the importance of each. The lesson begins with a direct teaching segment in which the teacher reads the book From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons. The students will then identify the parts of a plant and label them as a whole class. The students will construct their own model and discover real-life examples of plant parts they see and eat every day. They will be able to break apart a real plant and discover what each plant part looks like. Displaying many types of plants as well as pictures and model throughout the unit will help solidify the childrens learning.
Invitation to Learn:
Launch (Introduction): (10-15 minutes)
Begin this lesson by showing the students a model of a plant and discussing with them that just as your body has parts to help you live, grow and do certain things, a plant has parts to help it live and grow. Read From Seed to Plant aloud.
Explore: (30 min)
Discuss: (10 min)
Solidify: (10 min)
Practice: (20 min)
Additional Lesson Activities:
Eating the Parts of a Plant
In this activity, the children will have already looked in detail at the parts of plants in a previous lesson. They will have learned what each plant part does to help the plant live and grow. The teacher can use this lesson to connect parts of the plant to food the children eat almost daily. The teacher will choose items for the children to eat that represent each of the plant parts. Some ideas include the following:
After giving the children a chance to eat the different plant parts, read the story Tops and Bottoms and do interactive class writing about the parts of the plants in the story that are edible and non-edible. Discuss with the children whether the edible parts are roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or seeds.
Assignments to do with parents: