Plants and Their Parts

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10218

Plants just seem to sit around and not do much but they are sure interesting when you get to know them! Using videos, online resources and the great outdoors, learn about the life and parts of plants!

categories

Life Science

subject
Science
learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Let's jump up and get right into it! Sing and move with the song, Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes. If you don't know the song, you can listen to the ChuChu TV video below:

 

You have different body parts that perform different functions, but did you know that a plant's parts have different functions as well? Today, you will learn about the parts of a plant and what they do!

You are a living thing.

You have different body parts that perform different functions.

  • What parts of your body allow you eat and drink?
  • What parts of your body allow you to walk and run?
  • With what parts of your body do you smell and hear?

Plants are living things, too!

Like a human, a plant has parts that have special functions so it can live, grow, and reproduce (make new plants like itself).

Learn about those plant parts. Draw (or have your teacher or parent draw) a KWL chart like the one shown below; or, you can print the Graphic Organizer - KWL Chart from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

K-W-L Chart

  1. In the first column of the chart, draw or write down facts you know about plants.
  2. In the second column of the chart, draw or write what you want to know about plants.
  3. Save this chart for later in the lesson.

A plant is defined as a living thing that grows in the ground, that has leaves and usually flowers, and needs sun and water to survive.

Just like you, a plant has different parts, and each part functions in a unique way that is essential for the plant's survival.

Look at the diagram of the plant below. The basic plant parts are labeled:

Plant Diagram

  • Flower The flower of the plant is beautiful, but it also serves an important purpose in the life of a plant. The flower's color and smell attract bees. Bees collect the pollen from the flower and deliver it to other plants. This is called pollination. After a flower is pollinated, it produces seeds. The seeds then produce other plants.
  • Seeds Seeds carry the beginning of another plant inside them. Once planted and watered, the seed will grow into a new plant.
  • Leaf The main job of the leaf is to make food for the plant. The leaf does this by using sunlight for energy to take water from the ground and carbon dioxide from the air to produce sugar. This sugar nourishes the plant. This process is called photosynthesis. You can learn more about photosynthesis by watching Photosynthesis | The Dr. Binocs Show | Learn Videos for Kids, from Peekaboo Kidz:

 

  • Stem The stem has two jobs. First, the stem supports the plant and helps it stand up. Second, the stem acts as an "elevator" to move water to the other parts of the plant.
  • Roots The roots hold the plant in place in the ground. The roots also take in water and nutrients from the ground.

Here is a fun song to sing along with about the parts of plant, called The Parts of a Plant (song for kids about flower/stem/leaves/roots) from Harry Kindergarten Music:

 

Watch this video on Parts of a Plant | The Dr. Binocs Show | Learn Video For Kids from Peekaboo Kidz:

 

To examine real live plants at home, continue on to the Got It? section!

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