Plant Parts You Eat

Plants provide a variety of delicious foods essential for human survival. In the fourth lesson of this series on food science, young scientists investigate common fruits, vegetables, and grains in order to determine which plant part is represented by each. A great activity that reinforces an understanding of plants and raises awareness about the way they help support human life. Conclude with a reading of The Mysterious Marching Vegetables to connect learning about plant life with children's literature.

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Pros

  • Observing actual fruits and vegetables supports learning about how different plant parts provide food for humans
  • Offers ideas for further exploration of plants that supply people with food
  • A copy of The Mysterious Marching Vegetables is available online for free
Cons

  • Assumes background knowledge about plants parts, photosynthesis, and the relationship between producers and consumers