Enjoy a Plant-Part Dinner and Learn Some First Grade Science
In first grade, students learn about the parts of a plant: the roots, the stem, the leaves, the flowers, and the fruit and seeds. While children learn all about these parts and their functions, they may not realize that the fruits and veggies on their plates and in their lunchbox came from specific parts of plants. Eating broccoli today? You’re eating a flower! Nibbling on carrots? You’re enjoying nice, crunchy roots!
So, what’s on your dinner table this week? Serve up a menu of plant parts to help reinforce your child’s understanding of plant science and encourage her to explore the natural world.
What You Need:
- Cookbooks and recipes you like
- A variety of foods that represent the parts of a plant, such as:
- Roots: carrots, turnips, beets
- Stems: broccoli stems, rhubarb, asparagus
- Leaves: spinach, cabbage, lettuce
- Flowers: broccoli florets, cauliflower, sugared pansies
- Fruits: peaches, pumpkin, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, eggplant
- Seeds: nuts, peas, beans, corn, pumpkin seeds