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Which parts of the plant do we eat?

Sort real fruits and vegetables/garden produce into the parts of the plant they come from.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Plant Growth and Changes (grade 3)
Lessons activity is in: 
  • worksheet and pencil for each student (see image/attachment)
  • fruits and veggies representing each part of the plant we can eat, or plants in a garden to look at (e.g. carrot, parsnip, onion, celery, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, red pepper, tomato, apple)
  • image of flower into fruit (from The Reason for a Flower resource).

We eat all parts of the plant, but have bred plants so that the part we eat is larger and tastier.
If necessary, review the names of the parts of the plant (see image and worksheet).

On the worksheet, first connect each label with the plant part.
For each plant on your table/in the garden, identify it, then add its name to the box labelled with the part of the plant that we eat. Some plants may go in two boxes.
Discuss with your group if you are not sure. Optional: the students can open the plants if you need to look more closely.
If you get done early, think of more plant parts that you eat to add to each box.

roots=carrot, parsnip, onion
leaves=spinach, lettuce
fruit=red pepper, tomato, apple

Review what a fruit is, and how it is formed from a fertilized flower. Use the image from "The Reason for a Flower" book, or another image that shows the transition from a flower to a developing fruit.

Attached documents: 
Grades tested: 
Gr 3
Gr 4
Linda Wong
Tracy Povey
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary