Vegetable Patch Day Four What Part Of AP lant Are You Eating by HC120519174147


									                                                         Vegetable Patch – Years 1-2
                                                                          (ages 5-7)
                                                                                              4 of 5 days
School Closure Learning Programme

        What part of a plant are you eating?

    Activity 1

    Young children learn best by exploring the world around them. Through careful observation
    they soon learn that different plants grow in their immediate environment. These activities
    focus on the children learning that plants can provide food for us and some plants are grown
    for this reason.

    What to do

    Go to and select Virtual Experiments then 1B - Growing Plants.

    In this activity ask your child to select each one of the key word and listen to the definition.

    Seeds – The small hard part of a plant from which a new plant grows.

    Root – The part of a plant that grows underground.

    Stem – The long thin centre part of a plant

    Leaf – The flat green parts of a plant. Different sorts of plants have different shaped leaves.

    Flower – The part of a plant that has coloured petals. When the petals fade, fruit or seeds

    Plants – A living thing that is not an animal. Plants can make their own food.

    Then ask your child to suggest why we grow plants.

    Show your child some plants or pictures of plants (use internet or library book) e.g. apple
    trees, tomato plants, cabbages, etc and ask them why they think it is important for humans
    to grow plants.
Encourage them to make a list and or draw a variety of plants (fruits and vegetables) that
they like to eat.

Activity 2

Discussion can consolidate learning. In this activity your child reinforces their knowledge on
plants providing food for humans. They are encouraged to think about which parts of a plant
we can eat.

What to do

Some plants have parts which humans eat or make into food, but does your child know
which part of the plant they are eating?

In this activity your child is asked to choose the part of the plant they think the below food
and drinks are made from (root, stem, leaves, flowers, seed or fruit).

Once they have discussed which part and why, go through the explanations listed below.

Crisps - are made from potatoes and part of the root.
Strawberry – contains seeds so it is a fruit. The strawberry is unusual because the seeds
are on the outside.
Baked Beans - although there's no such thing as the baked bean plant! These are the seeds
of the haricot bean plant - they are white naturally and only appear orange because of the
tomato sauce they are in.
Rhubarb yoghurt - although rhubarb is often made into 'fruit' crumble or yoghurt, it is
actually the stem of the plant that is eaten
Cauliflower - as the name suggests, we eat the flower of the cauliflower plant.
Tea - is made from just the top two leaves. These snipped from tea bushes. Did you know
that a tea bush can live for 50 to 100 years, and each bush can produce about 800g of tea
every year?

Extension Activity

This activity consolidates your child’s learning through observation and discussion.

What to do

With your child chose either a fruit and/or vegetable that they would really like to discuss.
Ask them “what part of the plant they are eating?” e.g. carrot – root, cabbage – leaves,
broccoli – flower. Make a plant picture using different items. Note you will need things like
celery, leeks, rhubarb etc to give the stem part of the plant. Your child then draws their
unique ‘vegetable/fruit plant.
Your children are shown examples of well-known food products, e.g. Cornflakes, baked
beans, crisps etc., ask "where does our food come from. Encourage your child to study food
labels and with them look for the main ingredients.

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